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Friday 20 October 2017

Five star showing as impressive U15s defeat all-comers

U15 cross provincial hurling blitz

THE strength in depth of Dublin's under-15 hurlers was highlighted as the Blues enjoyed an undefeated run in their blitzes held in Thomastown and Naomh Mearnóg respectively.

In Thomastown, Dublin's 'A' selection were in fine fettle as they overcame both Kilkenny and Wexford with the hosts beaten by 4-7 to 0-10 in their opening fixture.

David Hawkshaw gave an exceptional display for Dublin with the St Brigid's player dominating exchanges in the middle third for the visitors.

The Dubs were also indebted to Brian Smith from Ballinteer St John's who was particularly influential from corner-back while Jason Byrne of Naomh Barróg chipped in with 1-5.

The momentum from that nine-point victory was maintained as Dublin emphasised their talent when comprehensively accounting for Wexford by 5-13 to 1-6.

Hawkshaw was again prominent for Dublin while the redeployment of Na Fianna's Donal Ryan from full-back to centre-back helped the Blues to seize control of the contest.

Their influence allowed Seán Currie to shine in attack, with the Na Fianna player chipping in with two excellent goals while Erin's Isle's Nicholas King did likewise as Wexford's challenge faded towards the end.

A key component in Dublin's success was the display of centre-forward David Keogh while Raheny's Ben McHugh was another to emerge with credit after his displays from wing-back.

Meanwhile in Portmarnock, Dublin's 'B' selection proved equally successful as they recorded wins over Antrim, Laois and Carlow.

The first game proved Dublin's toughest against a talented and physical Antrim side but the Dubs managed to eke out a 2-5 to 0-6 victory with Cuala's Mark Treacy in superb form at centrefield.

The hosts built on that performance as they overcame Laois by 3-12 to 2-7 and their hat-trick of wins was confirmed when Carlow were despatched by 6-8 to 1-7 in Dublin's final match.

Alongside Treacy, the Dublin management would have been especially pleased by the contribution of goalkeeper Josh Rooney from Naomh Barróg while Conor Rigney of Lucan Sarsfields shone at wing-back.

Luke Hughes and Rob Mackey also showed well throughout and a free-flowing attack was best served by Kilmacud Crokes duo Tom Kehoe and Michael Gibbons.

"It was very pleasing to see the depth of both panels," said Dublin mentor Dean O'Reilly. "We have two strong panels to work from."

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