U15 North go south in blitz
DUBLIN U15 NORTH FOOTBALLERS
It proved a disappointing day for the Dublin under-15 North footballers as they suffered three reverses in as many matches in their intercounty blitz played in Hawksfield, Kildare last Saturday.
The Dubs impressed initially in their opening fixture against Meath with St Maur's Ciarán Archer's first-half goal pushing his side 1-6 to 1-1- clear at the interval.
However, Dublin lost a fair degree of momentum after the break as they fell to a 2-8 to 1-8 defeat.
It proved far more disheartening in their second match of the morning as an impressive Cork outfit proved far too strong for Dublin, registering a massive 4-17 to 1-2 success.
Karl Stanley showed well in that contest, despite the nature of the result but Dublin were certainly second best over the course of the 50 minutes, a fact acknowledged by team mentor Pat Davis.
"After playing reasonably well in the first game, the performance and result in the second match were very disappointing.
"In fairness to Cork, they are a very talented side and they played very well but we just didn't perform in that match and the final result reflects that," said Davis.
Dublin's final match was against hosts Kildare and although there was an improvement on the Cork tie, a wasteful Dublin failed to take their chances that arrived at regular intervals as they fell by 4-10 to 2-4.
Archer was once again Dublin's leading light in attack as he accrued 2-2 but his accuracy was not shared by his teammates with their opponents, in contrast, highly efficient in front of goal.
"It was a much improved effort from us in the Kildare game and the match was far tighter than the final scoreline suggests," said Davis.
"However, we just weren't that clinical when the chances arrived and Kildare were much better than us in that regard," added the Clontarf clubman.
Despite the three losses, there was still some encouragement for the Dublin management to take from the day with Lee Gannon, Eoghan Lyons, Adam Kelly, Archer, Donagh McNamara and the three goalkeeperers used in Liam Woodcock, Luke O'Malley and Stephen James all showing well for the North selection.
"We got great experience from the day and we're trying to gauge where we are in terms of other counties so although things didn't work out as we likes, it was certainly a worthwhile experience for all of us."