Classy Dubs top of the pile in Tipp
DUBLIN U16 HURLERS
Dublin's U16 hurlers produced a series of exceptional displays as they claimed the Arrabawn Intercounty Hurling Tournament in Tipperary last Saturday.
The Dubs started off in a positive manner as they overcame a talented Clare side by 2-7 to 1-6 with a brace of goals from Donal Burke and strong displays from Kevin Callaghan and Conor Burke proving pivotal for the Dubs.
Another tight affair ensued against Wexford. Cian O'Sullivan and Eoin Foley were to the fore, as Dublin prevailed by 1-7 to 1-4 with Ciaran Dowling's critical contribution of three points helping Dublin over the line.
The final group match was more straightforward as Dublin rested a number of key personnel but still managed to outclass a disappointing Offaly outfit by 7-10 to 0-5 with Lorcan Finnegan, Colin Currie and Brian Moulds all impressing.
With momentum on their side, Dublin advanced to the semi-finals and they maintained their excellent form as they proved too strong for Waterford on a final scoreline of 3-9 to 1-5.
Currie added a brace of goals for Dublin and with Conor Burke chipping in with 1-2, Dublin clinched their final spot with a large degree of comfort.
The final pitted Dublin against provincial rivals Kilkenny and the character shone in this display as they trailed for the majority of the game.
Dublin's defence was immense against The Cats with the prowess of Mark O'Keeffe and Conor Ryan especially vital and the latter's wonderful point helped launch a comeback that culminated in a late goal by Jonny McGuirk that ensured extra-time was required.
Dublin seized the initiative through an immediate score from inspirational captain Seafra Fitzgerald and the lively Foley and Currie added points to ensure that the prestigious tournament prize was heading to the capital.
"I was thrilled with the application that the lads produced on Saturday and all the way through the year," said team manager Paul O'Brien.
"They are not just talented hurlers. They also have a great character and spirit and that more than anything was what proved the difference for us on Saturday."
Dublin U16s Panel: Dara Perry (St Vincent's), Conor Ryan (Craobh Chiaráin), Daire Gray (Whitehall Colmcille), Jack O'Neill (St Brigid's), Éanna Mac Domhnaill (St Vincent's), Mark Phelan (Naomh Mearnóg), Cian O'Sullivan (St Brigid's), Kevin Callaghan (St Brigid's), Ciaran Dowling (Lucan Sarsfields), Donal Burke (Na Fianna), Colin Currie (Na Fianna), Eoin Foley (Naomh Olaf), Seafra Fitzgerald (Na Fianna), Conor Burke (St Vincent's), Aidan Mellett (Ballyboden St Enda's), Ryan De Felice (Cuala), Lorcan Finnegan (Erin's Isle), Jonny McGuirk (St Brigid's), Peter Feeney (Na Fianna), Cillian Byrne (Ballyboden St Enda's), John Walsh (St Vincent's), Mark O'Keeffe (St Vincent's), Conor Lennon (St Finian's, Swords), Brian Moulds (Kevins).