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Under 16 League Division 2

dun u16 game team 2018-05-02-PHOTO-00000039dun u16 game2018 2dun u16 game 2018 1dun u16 game 2018 9Under 16 Spring League Division 2, Round 6 Tuesday May 1st 2018 at 7:15pm in Dunshaughlin.

Full Time:   Dunshaughlin: 2-8 (14)   Drumconrath/Meath Hill : 0-9 Half Time:   Dunshaughlin: 0-5         Drumconrath/Meath Hill: 0-5

This Dunshaughlin team put in their best performance of the season so far, defeating a very talented Drumconrath/Meath Hill leaving Dunshaughlin on 4 wins and 2 defeats after 6 rounds of the League.

Dunshaughlin played into the Drumree Road end with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and should have been well clear at the break. Instead in the main because of some great goalkeeping from the North Meath outfit, both teams went in level at 0-5 each. All Dunshaughlin’s first half five points were scored by different players, Conor Gray, Joseph Dunne, James Traynor, Jared Rushe & Shane Kennedy.

The halftime talk from Paul Nestor left the Dunshaughlin boys in no doubt the level of effort required to win the game against the strong wind.

The 2nd half started brightly with points from Dunne and Kennedy to put the locals 2 points clear but the visitors then scored 2 points to level the match, Ciaran McCarrick scored a wonderful point to level put Dunshaughlin back in front. Midway through the 2nd half Drumconrath/Meath Hill really started to benefit from the wind advantage and scored 2 points to go back in front. Then with less than 5 minutes to go Conor Gray went on a fantastic solo run right through the heart of the visitor’s defence and booted the ball to the back of the net. It was a very nervous 8 minutes for the hardworking boys in the Black and Amber until in the 3rd minute of injury time when Joseph Dunne put the issue beyond doubt with another cracking goal.

Jack Nestor in goals had a very busy 2nd half making some great saves and keeping a clean sheet, also the accuracy and length of his kick outs against the wind was vital. James Traynor, Sean Walsh, Fursey Blake, Calum Deehan, Sean Walsh & Jeff Wall (before been substituted as he had already played a hurling game earlier) all coped well with the tricky north Meath forwards. Conor Gray with some fantastic fielding & Ciaran McCarrick dominated the midfield for long periods. Up front as well as taking good scores Shane Kennedy along with Daragh Byrne were working hard to stop the attacking backs. Jared Rushe in his new role in the forwards was tormenting the visitors defence, Cillian Mc Cool and Aiden Fraher were laying off good passes and top scorer Joseph Dunne with 1-2 was feared by the visitor’s defence. Other members of the panel on the bench not used in this game, Jack Brady (injured), Cian McLoughlin, Liam O’ Connor, Cian Edwards, Adam Kelly, Oliver McEnroe. These players had all played important parts in earlier games either starting or substitutes and are a great asset to the team and will continue to fight for starting places.

There was so much to admire about this performance including some fantastic passages of play but the effort and attitude from all the boys was top notch and can feel confident going into next Tuesday evening’s massive challenge, a home game against top of table and undefeated Senchalstown to secure a place in the semi-final.

 

Dunshaughlin: Jack Nestor(GK), Jeffrey Wall, Sean Walsh, Fursey Blake, James Traynor(0-1), Calum Deehan, Ciaran McCarrick (0-1), Conor Gray (1-1), Daragh Byrne, Joseph Dunne(1-2), Jared Rushe(0-1), Cillian McCool, Shane Kennedy (0-2), Aiden Fraher, Cian McLoughlin, Liam O’ Connor, Adam Kelly, Cian Edwards,Oliver McEnroe, Jack Brady.

 

Thanks to Royal Gaels PRO Dave Reid for taking the photographs.

 

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