Dublin make great gains in raid on the Rebel County
DUBLIN U15 FOOTBALLERS
DUBLIN'S Under 15 North and South selections produced encouraging displays in their challenge matches against Cork West and Cork East last Sunday afternoon in the Rebel County.
Dublin North started sluggishly and were punished for their poor opening as they eventually succumbed by 1-10 to 2-4 to Cork East, despite the best efforts of Ruairi Kearns and Neil Matthews for Dublin.
However, there were some bright spots for Dublin to enjoy with Naomh Barróg's Cillian Byrne lively while Darren Maher and Sean Hawkshaw from St Patrick's Donabate and Naomh Mearnóg respectively were also to the fore.
The North outfit finished their day strongly as they overcame West Cork narrowly by 2-10 to 2-9. Hawkshaw repeated his form from the initial match and he was ably abetted by Daniel Brennan of St Sylvester's and Sean Lambe from St Vincent's.
"All the lads got a good run out," said Dublin boss Tom Gray. "The application from all the lads involved was very pleasing and the management were very happy with their efforts on the day."
It was an equally rewarding day for their South counterparts who registered a win and a draw from their two matches.
Dublin were dominant in the opening stages of their first clash, benefiting hugely from the defensive efforts of David Keogh and Round Tower Clondalkin's Eoin Murphy.
Substitute Ian Sheridan made a positive impression while James Madden's redeployment from full-forward gave Dublin a marked advantage in the middle third.
The Dubs prevailed by 2-8 to 0-13 in that fixture and they resumed competitive action brightly with Madden once again at the heart their play.
In a refreshingly open clash, chances came thick and fast with Dublin goalkeeper Cormac Quinn excelling as he produced a string of quality saves.
Keogh and Murphy also maintained their earlier form and there were notable contributions by Ciarán McLoughlin, Peadar Ó Coifigh and Emmet Allen, whose tireless work epitomised Dublin's efforts as they drew 2-5 to 1-8.
"It was our first foray outside Leinster and the lads equipped themselves very well," said Dublin boss Karl Behan. "It was an encouraging day all round."