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U15 Div 1 League Semi-final V Duleek/Bellewstown

Duleek/Bellewstown 3-12 (21) Dunshaughlin 2-11 (17)

Dunshaughlin were favourites going into this semi final but from early on it was obvious that this was going to be a different game than earlier in the autumn, the last time these teams met when Dunshaughlin had a comfortable win at home. Duleek/Bellewstown scored the first two points before Ruairi Kinsella opened the Dunshaughlin scoring in the eight minute tapping a free over the bar. The home team made it two between the teams again just before Ruairi Kinsella finished off a good move to the back of the net. The lead didn’t last long with Duleek/Bellewstown scoring 4 points to one (Jared Rushe) for Dunshaughlin  during a long purple patch for the East Meath boys which had them leading 0-7 to 1-2 with just over 5 minutes to play in the 1st half. Then against the run of play Dunshaughlin got a lifeline with a Chris Pullen goal and it looked like they might go in leading at half-time. However Dunshaughlin turned over possession in the next play and Duleek/Bellewstown punished them with a goal of their own and followed up with a point to leave three points between the teams again. Aaron Murphy scored a point for Dunshaughlin just before the referee blew the half time whistle leaving the score 2-3 (9) to 1-8 (11).

Duleek/Bellewstown dominated the third quarter and built up a six point lead which included a second goal which seemed to waken up the Dunshaughlin lads. Dunshaughlin threw the kitchen sink at Duleek/Bellewstown in the final quarter and had pulled the lead back to just 1 point going into injury time points coming from Kinsella (5) Donagh McCarrick, Joseph Dunne & Aaron Murphy 1 each).

In the 1st minute of injury time Dunshaughlin were awarded a free, Man of the match Ruairi Kinsella stepped up to take it having scored 1-7, including three frees but shot just wide, Duleek/Bellewstown  won their kick out and with Dunshaughlin having committed men forward going for the draw, they left themselves exposed at the back and Duleek/Bellewstown got an easy goal to win the game.

Dunshaughlin were gutted as this was the first time in five years this group had not made the final of the top grade of their age group.

This bunch of lads will come back stronger and hungrier next year.

Dunshaughlin: Jack Nestor, Kyle O’ Connor, Donagh McCarrick(0-1), Alex Arkins, Fursey Blake, Colm Keane, Joseph Dunne(0-1,f), Conor Gray, Calum Deehan, Jack O’Riordan, Ruairi Kinsella(1-7, 3f), Jared Rushe (0-1), Oliver McEnroe, Aaron Murphy (0-1), Chris Pullen(1-0). Subs: Cian Edwards for Oliver McEnroe,  Dylan McKenna for Jack O’ Riordan, Adam Kelly,  Alberto Montero Moreno, Moustafa Saddon, Thomas Boyle, Nevin Power, 

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