Wednesday 23 January 2019

McGuirk happywith his U17s as they give strong account

dublin U17 HURLERS

DUBLIN'S under-17 hurlers can feel pleased with their efforts after some positive performances in their intercounty hurling blitz in Mallow last Saturday.

Ultimately, Cork proved Dublin's nemesis as they won their two encounters but there was much for Dublin manager Johnny McGuirk (pictured, below) to enthuse over as he assessed the weekend's action.

"In general, we hurled well and showed some of the potential that the lads have. We perhaps didn't have the strength in depth that we needed towards the end of the day when we lost a few players through injury but the lads equipped themselves well overall," he said.


Dublin started the day in impressive fashion, proving too strong for Waterford as they prevailed by a comprehensive 1-15 to 0-6.

There were further encouraging signs in their second game but their failure to take the goal chances that came their way proved their undoing as Cork Red registered a 2-12 to 0-14 win.

The tightness of that defeat ensured a semi-final spot as best loser for Dublin but on this occasion, Cork White proved too strong as Dublin succumbed by 2-12 to 2-6.

Despite that defeat, McGuirk was pleased with the day's work, making particular reference to the contributions of Gavin King, Carl Salmon, Jack Lahart, Eoin Skelly, Colm Hayes, Justin Byrne, Stephen Dwyer, Liam Mulroney, Paul Kelly, Mark Hayes, Evan Walsh, Pádraig Buggy, Oisín Lanigan and Paul Crummey.

"I'm happy with the response that I got from the lads and I think the management learnt a lot about some of the players," said the former Dublin senior hurler.

"They have developed well over the year.

"And I was encouraged by the leadership qualities that some of the players showed over the course of the three games," added Dubs manager McGuirk.

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