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Dunshaughlin V Simonstown

Dunshaughlin started well, Seamus ‘Danger’ Doyle’s persistence rewarded when he goaled after 1 minute. He was super in the first 15 minutes winning every ball that went into the full forward line. Trevor Dowd wound back the years with a stellar performance, conducting the attack and pulling the strings from 11. He was ably assisted by Gavin Malone while brothers in law Mark Caldwell, fully rested after the tough bank holiday weekend, and Stephen ‘Garfield’ Ward were always a threat in the full forward line. Simonstown rued some wayward shooting, at least a half dozen wides that were just wide of the target but tigerish defence from Conor Keena, Eric Casserly and the evergreen Eoin Herlihy meant the Simonstown attack was always under pressure when shooting.

Second half started like the first with Dunshaughlin opening the scoring but credit to Simonstown for showing character and not giving up. A penalty soon came they’re way and was dispatched to the net and only for a point blank save from Andy Smith the second half could have been different. Dancing Plumber Kenny McTigue was majestic throughout, giving a masterclass in reading the game and encouraging the more youthful players on the team. Neil Byrne was influential around the middle throughout while Diarmuid McHale Shanahan was solid, contributing a lovely left footed point as the third quarter wound up. Dowd and Ward continued to torment the blues backs in the final quarter as Dunshaughlin rolled on the subs, including the return of Martin Reilly from an injury sustained at the same ground earlier in the JFC campaign. Reilly feels he’s now fitter and lighter than he was back in 2001. Sure you are Martin….

While Simonstown may have had their eye on another prize, it shouldn’t detract from what was a perfect performance from Dunshaughlin. The travelling support was treated to an encouraging blend of youth and experience which gave a glimpse of the potential this team really has. It’s is a joy to watch the quality of McTigue, Dowd and Ward who despite advancing years and miles on the clock still have a passion for their club that is as fresh as it was the day they first pulled on a black and amber jersey but equally exciting tonight was the display of potential from Conor Keena, Eric Casserly, Andrew Lenehan, Neil Byrne, Liam Donovan and Shane Claire.
Credit too must got to mentors Martin Reilly, Eamonn Moyles and Trevor Lynch who have, despite some poor results, remained upbeat and assured in the potential of this group.

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