Monday 24 October 2016

Positives for Dublin in U15 challenges

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It proved a mixed day for Dublin's under-15 hurlers as they travelled to Belfast to face both Kilkenny and Antrim in Jordanstown last Saturday.

Despite the six-point defeat to Kilkenny and a draw with the hosts, Dublin still managed to offer their panel at least an hour of quality hurling, something that will prove beneficial to them in the long term, according to team manager Willie Bourke.

"Although the games were not ideal and it probably wasn't the best of circumstances to be playing, it was still of benefit to us.

"We managed to have a proper look at all of our panel against two different standards of opposition and we learnt a fair bit about the lads as a result," said Bourke.

Dublin started off the day against Kilkenny and with the elements at their backs, they enjoyed a healthy half-time lead before changing the team for the second-half.

The Dubs lost a degree of momentum as a result with the Cats finishing strongly to win by six points.

Dublin then faced Antrim, who were equipped with some excellent hurlers and their physicality troubled Dublin at times with the match ending up as a draw.

"Our hurling was very good," said Bourke.

"However, it was good for some of our players to come up against a more physical type of team like Antrim and they would have learnt a fair bit from both games.

"We had our Dublin North Colleges lads out with us for the first time this year so it was good to see them back with us and being part of the panel," said Bourke, who was pleased with the continued development of Conor Scully from St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh, John Meagher, Michael Conway of Cuala, Andy Carroll and Fionn Ó Ceallaigh.

Dublin panel: Liam Foley (St Sylvester's), Michael Conway (Cuala), Andrew Dunphy (St Brigid's), Daragh Hewson (Castleknock), Dara Kiernan (Round Tower Lusk), John Meagher (St Brigid's), Sam Beirnes (St Peregrine's), Conor Scully (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER), Conor Kinsella (Kilmacud Crokes), Kevin Desmond (Ballyboden St Enda's), Seán Clerkin (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER), Andrew Carroll (Lucan Sarsfields), Billy Ryan (Craobh Chiaráin), Fionn Ó Ceallaigh (Kilmacud Crokes), Des Duggan (Clan na Gael Fontenoy), Ross O'Reilly (St Jude's), Tadhg Dunbar (Kilmacud Crokes), Ruairí Mac Mathúna (Ballyboden St Enda's), Kevin Burke (Na Fianna), Eoin Forbes (Craobh Chiaráin), Cillian Kirwan (Ballyboden St Enda's), Gavin Millea (Lucan Sarsfields), Eoghan Gleeson (St Peregrine's), Eoghan O'Connor (Lucan Sarsfields), Adam Kelly Kiernan (St Maur's), Jack Daly Kenny (Ballyboden St Enda's), Craig Berrigan (Na Fianna), Luke McDwyer (Ballyboden St Enda's), Liam O'Connor (Round Tower Clondalkin), Cian McHugh (Lucan Sarsfields).

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