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Monday 18 December 2017

Young Dubs take Antrim scalp in MHL

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Dublin produced a dominant second-half display as they accounted for Antrim by 3-17 to 1-7 in their Leinster Minor Hurling League Group A encounter at the DCU grounds in St Claire's last Saturday afternoon.

After losing to Wexford by eight points seven days previously, the Dubs continued their experimentation when selecting a side containing largely players from their under-17 panel.

Having played against the breeze in the opening half, the hosts enjoyed a narrow 1-4 to 0-4 interval lead but they showed their attacking talent after the break to complete a 16-point win.

"I'm delighted with performance from the team yesterday," said U17 manager Andrew Coffey.

BOUNCE

"It was great to bounce back from Wexford game last week.

"Overall, we were glad to get the opportunity to take part in the Leinster Minor League and get two quality games at this time of the year in a competitive environment.

"We were very pleased with the work-rate from all the players in the squad while defensively we were solid throughout and most of our forwards and both midfielders got on the scoresheet, with all of the substitutes who came on making an impact," added Coffey.

Coffey was especially pleased with the contribution of centre-back Eoin Foley with the Naomh Olaf clubman showing few signs of a lengthy absence through injury as he controlled affairs.

Ahead of him, both Johnny McGuirk and Ronan Hayes worked tirelessly to provide a platform in the pivotal position of midfield in addition to chipping in with a brace of points apiece from play.

Seán Dunphy, Brian Dennis and Jack McVeigh found the net for the Dubs with the application and effort of both corner-forwards, John Walsh and Aaron Coffey placing a huge amount of pressure on an overworked Antrim defence.

Scorers - Dublin: J McGuirk 0-5 (3f), S Dunphy 1-2, B Dennis, J McVeigh 1-0 each, R Hayes, L Finnegan (2f) 0-2 each, A Coffey, J. Walsh, E Foley, E Cooney, C Costello, G Dodrill 0-1 apiece.

Dublin: Dara Perry; Daire Grey, Luke Corcoran, Jack O'Neill; Paddy Smyth, Eoin Foley, Cillian Byrne; Johnny McGuirk, Ronan Hayes; Lorcan Finnegan, Jack McVeigh, Tom O' Flaherty; John Walsh, Eoin Cooney, Aaron Coffey. Subs: Ryan de Felice, Jim Gibbons, Eanna Mac Domhaill, Cilian Costello, Seán Dunphy, Brian Dennis, Glen Dodrill.

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