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Monday 11 December 2017

Dubs U16s show emerging talent

U16 cross provincial hurling blitz

DUBLIN'S under-16 hurlers enjoyed a hugely beneficial trip to Carriganore, Waterford last Saturday with their 'A' selection registering noteworthy successes over both Tipperary and Waterford.

The morning started with the Dubs facing Tipperary and Séafra Fitzgerald proved hugely influential as Dublin recorded a 3-14 to 2-11 victory.

The Na Fianna clubman hit 2-3 from 
centre-forward and he was ably abetted by Aidan Mellett from Ballyboden St Enda's as Dublin put up a decent tally, benefiting from a lively display at centrefield by Ciarán Dowling from Lucan Sarsfields.

Dublin's defence coped reasonably well with pressure exerted upon them by the Premier County with Mark O'Keeffe from St Vincent's producing an encouraging display from corner-back.

Encouraging

Next up on the agenda was a clash against the hosts and Mellett was once again prominent as Dublin overcame Waterford by 4-15 to 2-8.

Mellett struck 2-3 of Dublin's impressive tally and with Fitzgerald also showing well again, Dublin's movement and interplay in attack proved too much for the hosts.

Ciarán Lennon of St Finian's Swords added some tidy points as the Dubs assumed control of affairs through the display in the middle third of Dowling, while Cillian Byrne from Ballyboden looked especially solid at full-back.

The performances of Dublin's 'B' outfit were just as rewarding as they delivered some battling efforts against both Tipp and Waterford.

Their day started with a narrow 2-13 to 3-9 defeat at the hands of Tipperary but there were plenty of positives to take from their displays.

Key among them was the contribution of Glen Doddrill with the Naomh Fionnbarra player in exceptional form from centre-forward.

Crumlin's Kevin Elliott also shone for the Dubs who were very unfortunate to fall by the narrowest of margins.

Another tight battle awaited Dublin later in the day as they eked out a 4-11 to 5-7 victory over Waterford.

Doddrill and Elliott maintained their momentum from their earlier match while Anjelo Tunde's personal tally of 2-1 was a vital contribution by the Fingallians player.

"It was an enjoyable day for the lads and it was very encouraging from the management's perspective," said Dublin manager Paul O'Brien.

"What was most pleasing was that we managed to put up some decent tallies in matches that were only 50 minutes long and both Tipperary and Waterford were decent sides.

"Our forward play was very good on Saturday and the movement and ability to work together was impressive. I appreciate that we won a few matches there but we are under no illusions that we have plenty to be working on ahead of the Arrabawn in September.

"We have 30 odd players that all appear to be going well and we're very happy with the application that they are showing.

"The positive thing for us is that we are not reliant on just one or two lads and that there is a very even and decent standard within the group.

"Their attitude has been very good at training and they showed that again on Saturday," he added.

"Lads are putting their hands up and showing some very good form and it is good from a Dublin perspective as they continue their development," said O'Brien.

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