Saturday 16 December 2017

Martin says beaten Bs still buzzing

Despite the emphatic nature of the result in Urlingford on Saturday afternoon, Dublin manager Pat Martin was keen to accentuate the qualities that have typified Dublin's Under 16 'B' run to the last four of the All-Ireland series.

The Dubs produced another battling display but the concession of two goals in quick succession early in the second-half proved too much of a mountain to climb for the young Dubs against a talented Cork outfit.

"I'm not sure the final result showed how well the girls played and I was very encouraged again by what I saw, but the luck wasn't really with us on the day. I thought our first-half performance was really good and strong but we missed a few opportunities and that probably proved costly in the end.

"We are generally stronger in the second-half of games and we started off well again after the break but when Cork got those two goals, it took a bit of bite from our challenge," said Martin.

However, there was plenty of encouragement to be derived from Martin and his backroom team of Mick Ward, Barbara Grennell, Colette Coady, Sharon Martin, Fiona McCarney, Bernadette Ellis and Tom Quinn over a fruitful summer.

The Leinster 'B' title was secured earlier in the year when beating Wexford 'B' in the final after impressive displays against Limerick and Offaly.


Equally, a superb comeback against Tipperary 'B' in the All-Ireland series, in which they overturned an eight-point interval deficit to secure a six-point win reflected positively on the character of the panel.

That character was also evident in a battling away win over Antrim which brought the team on hugely, and Martin feels this group are well equipped to develop when they reach minor level and beyond.

"I think it has been a very positive year for this age group with both teams reaching All-Ireland semi-finals.

"The quality of our side showed that this 'B' level should not be written off and the girls showed huge commitment throughout our campaign.

"It's a very strong position to be in going forward," he said.

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