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Under 16 Spring League Division 2


Under 16 Spring League Division 2, Round 7 Tuesday May 8th 2018 at 7:15pm in Dunshaughlin.

Full Time:   Dunshaughlin: 7-13 (34)   Senchalstown : 2-10 (16)

Half Time:   Dunshaughlin: 2-7          Senchalstown: 1-5
Dunshaughlin went into this final round league game against unbeaten Senchalstown knowing a least a draw was required to guarantee a semi-final spot. That challenge did not faze our lads and the first half was a great advertisement for the game as both teams played some wonderful football and during that period the lead changed hands many times. Joseph Dunne opened the scoring with a point from a free. Senchalstown got two points of their own to go in front. A sublime fifty yard kick pass from Ciaran McCarrick found Jared Rushe who made a fantastic fetch, turned and struck it to the net to put Dunshaughlin ahead. Senchalstown started pressing really hard to regain the lead and after scoring a point were rewarded with a goal from their full forward Donal Commins to go two points clear, it could have got a lot worse for Dunshaughlin minutes later when Senchalstown were through on goal again and struck the cross bar. In the final 15 minutes of the half Dunshaughlin started to regain dominance at midfield where Conor Gray was pulling balls from out of the clouds, especially from Jack Nestor’s kick-outs. The full back line of Sean Walsh, Calum Deehan and Jeff Wall were winning almost every ball going into the notoriously dangerous Yellow Furze forwards.

The half back line of Sean O’ Connor, James Traynor and Fursey Blake were not only successful at breaking down the visitor’s incursions but were also the launch pad for many of the Dunshaughlin attacks that were now been worked into scores the other end of the field. With Dunshaughlin beginning to get a grip on the game it was becoming apparent on the scoreboard too where Dunne, Rushe and Ruairi Kinsella were tormenting the Senchalstown defence with some fantastic scores, the cream been a Joseph Dunne goal. Dunshaughlin’s Daragh Byrne typified the whole team effort when he soloed past three defenders to lay off a pass for Dunne to put over. Cillian McCool was in the thick of the action and was involved along with Shane Kennedy in setting up a lot of the Dunshaughlin scores. It was probably the best half of football this team played since they won the Meath Feile. The halftime score had Dunshaughlin ahead by 5 points 2-7 to 1-5.

Dunshaughlin got on the scoreboard early in the 2nd half with a point from Rushe and a super goal from Kinsella in what turned out to be the first of his three 2nd half goals. That seemed to kill off the very spirited showing by Senchalstown and allow Dunshaughlin to rip through the heart of the Senchalstown defence many times before the finish. In between Senchalstown were kept at bay, only managing the odd point here and there. Another superb goal from Gray who shot from 25 yards out was followed by a penalty been awarded to Dunshaughlin after Kinsella was hauled down by Meath under 15 keeper Cathal Darby in the square, Darby had to go off as a result been shown a black card by referee Sean Gahan. Kinsella converted the penalty and it was followed shortly after by two more Dunshaughlin goals, one by substitute Tommy Toal and then Kinsella for his hat- trick. The Dunshaughlin subs who came on were proving they were capable of filling the boots of the boys coming off. Dunshaughlin scored four more wonderful points before the finish (McCarrick,Kinsella, Blake and a wonderful point from substitute Aiden Fraher). All 23 panel members who togged out contributed on the field to this victory.

Senchalstown did manage to score a consolation goal late on and five other points during the 2nd half but lacked the same hunger as Dunshaughlin, maybe because they had already qualified but nonetheless it could not take away from a very fine performance from the boys in Black and Amber who can look forward with confidence to next Tuesday’s semi-final.

Dunshaughlin: Jack Nestor(GK), Sean Walsh, Calum Deehan, Jeffrey Wall, Sean O’ Connor, James Traynor, Fursey Blake (0-1), Ciaran McCarrick (0-2), Conor Gray (1-0), Daragh Byrne, Shane Kennedy, Jared Rushe(1-2), Ruairi Kinsella (3-4), Joseph Dunne(1-3), Cillian McCool, Jack Brady, Tommy Toal(1-0), Aiden Fraher(0-1), Cian McLoughlin, Liam O’ Connor, Adam Kelly, Cian Edwards, Oliver McEnroe.


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