Strong character key to U21s staying on winning streak
STAT ATTACK: dUBLIN'S RUN TO LEINSTER U21FC GLORY
Leinster U21 Final: April 2, Páirc Tailteann, Navan
Once again, Dublin's U21 footballers left it late to confirm their win in last Thursday's EirGrid Leinster U21FC Final victory over Kildare with Cormac Costello's second goal of the night pre-empting a strong finish from the holders that included insurance points from the influential Eric Lowndes and Conor McHugh.
DUBLIN 3-10 KILDARE 1-12
SCORERS - Dublin: C Costello 2-2 (0-1f), M McHugh 0-5 (0-1 pen), C Basquel 1-0, S Carthy, A Foley, E Lowndes 0-1 each. Kildare: N Flynn 0-11 (0-6f, 0-2 '45'), M Sherry 1-0, N Kelly 0-1.
DUBLIN: L Molloy; D Byrne, E Murchan, E Mullan; E Lowndes, C Mullally, R McGowan; S Cunningham, S Carthy; N Scully, A Foley, G Burke; C Costello, C McHugh, C Basquel. Subs: E Fletcher for Mullan (inj 30+2), R Gaughan for Burke (38), A Byrne for Basquel (50), D Ó Cathmhaoil for Foley (53).
KILDARE: C Heeney; B Byrne, D Maguire, P Mescal; R Houlihan, D Hyland, D Duke; R Moore, P Connell; D Fitzpatrick, C Fenner, M Sherry; N Flynn, N Kelly, C Healy. Subs: L Healy for Byrne (27), C McMonagle for Moore (38), D Flaherty for C Healy (46), L Power for Connell (50), T Gibbons for Kelly (inj 57), J Costello for Houlihan (black card 60).
REF: N Ward (Westmeath).
Leinster U21 semi-final: March 18, Páirc Tailteann, Navan
As expected, Longford provided the Dubs with a massive challenge in Navan with early goals from Larry Moran and Liam Connerton being nullified by similar efforts by Killian O'Gara and Colm Basquel.
Despite another Connerton goal early in the second-half, Dublin regrouped impressively with Conor McHugh and Eric Lowndes to the fore while three points by Niall Scully seeing Dublin home by five points.
DUBLIN 2-15 LONGFORD 3-7
SCORERS - Dublin: K O'Gara 1-2, C McHugh 0-5 (0-1f), C Basquel 1-1, N Scully 0-3, E Lowndes 0-2, A Foley, A Byrne 0-1 each. Longford: L Connerton 2-1, L Moran 1-1 (0-1f), P Kiernan 0-2, A Dalton, D McGivney (0-1f), D Reynolds 0-1 each.
DUBLIN: L Molloy; S Clayton, D Byrne, R McGowan; E Lowndes, C Mullally, E Murchan; Stephen Cunningham, S Carthy; G Burke, A Foley, N Scully; K O'Gara, C McHugh, C Basquel. Subs: R Gaughan for Burke (43 mins), A Byrne for O'Gara (47), M Deegan for Basquel (60).
LONGFORD: C Farrell; R Sweeney, A Farrell, C Shields; L Sullivan, C Farrelly, D Reynolds; F Sheridan, A Dalton; R McNerney, S Kenny, R Connor; L Moran, P Kiernan, L Connerton. Subs: D McGivney for Sheridan (26 mins), P Farrell for A Farrell (52), N Rabbitte for Kiernan (56).
REF: J Hickey (Carlow).
Leinster U21 quarter-final: March 4, O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
A goal from Killian O'Gara helped a free-flowing Dublin enjoy a 1-11 to 2-5 interval lead but Laois began the second half in style landing four great points by Evin O'Carroll, Tom Shiel and Paul Kingston.
However, a succession of points by the excellent Conor McHugh, Killian O'Gara and a late goal by midfielder Shane Carthy gave the final scoreboard a one-sided appearance.
DUBLIN 2-21 Laois 2-10
SCORERS - Dublin: C McHugh 0-6 (0-1f), K O'Gara 1-3, N Scully 0-4 (0-2f), S Carthy 1-1, M Deegan, C Basquel 0-2 each, E Lowndes, E Murchan, N Walsh 0-1 each. Laois: T Sheil 1-3 (0-3f), A Farrell 1-0, E O'Carroll 0-3, P Kingston 0-2, E Keane, D O'Reilly 0-1 each.
DUBLIN: L Molloy; E Mullan, D Byrne, R McGowan; E Lowndes, C Mulally, E Murchan; Stephen Cunningham, S Carthy; R Gaughan, M Deegan, N Scully; K O'Gara, C McHugh, C Basquel. Subs: N Walsh for Gaughan (ht), D Ó Cathmhaoil for Stephen Cunningham (36), S Clayton for Deegan (37), G Burke for Basquel (51), Shane Cunningham for Scully (bc, 57), A Byrne for O'Gara (60).
LAOIS: A O'Reilly; L Knowles, K Lennon, C Dunne; P O'Sullivan, C Hogan, D O'Reilly; E O'Carroll, P Kingston; N Murphy, J Moore, A Farrell; T Sheil, E Lowry, E Keane. Subs: N Mullen for Murphy (ht), R C Fennell for Dunne (50), C Maher for Keane (53), D Hickey for Farrell (56), E Buggie for Hogan (61).
REF: S Murphy (Louth).