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Under 16 Spring League Division 2

Under 16 Spring League Division 2, Round 3 Tuesday 10th April 2018 at 6:45pm in Dunshaughlin.

Full Time:  Dunshaughlin: 1-9 (12)   Donaghmore/Ashbourne: 3-9 (18) Half Time: Dunshaughlin: 1-6         Donaghmore/Ashbourne: 2-1
As the pitch in Ashbourne was deemed unplayable this fixture was switched to Dunshaughlin but even home advantage wasn’t enough to swing it in Dunshaughlin’s favour.

Dunshaughlin playing with a strong breeze started well and were leading 1-3 to no score after 10 minutes and looked like they could build up a big lead by halftime. Conor Gray shook off an injury he picked up at the throw in and was dominating at midfield. The goal scorer was Sean O’ Connor and although he was being pulled and dragged managed to shoot to the net after a sublime pass from Fursey Blake. Dunshauglin had scored 2 nice points before the goal, one each from Joseph Dunne & Ciaran McCarrick, Shane Kennedy added another after the goal to lead by 6 points. One of the turning points of the game was when Blake was down injured with an ankle injury, Donaghmore/Ashbourne struck for a goal. Blake had to be replaced and with the defence in disarray the visitors followed up firstly with a point and then with a second goal. In the space of a few minutes the game had been turned on its head and Donaghmore/Ashbourne were leading. However Dunshaughlin regrouped and scored three unanswered points before the break, a point each (both from frees) from Dunne & Kennedy and to close the half a beautiful point from Conor Gray. Although facing into a strong breeze in the 2nd half Dunshaughlin would have felt the game was still there for the taking especially as they had finished strongly. McCarrick always looked dangerous when he went on his menacing runs, Daragh Byrne was winning ball and the other forwards Cillian McCool & Aiden Fraher were making good runs and supplying vital passes in the build ups to scores, while at the back Calum Deehan and James Traynor were first to the majority of ball and Jack Brady, Jeff Wall and Jared Rushe and Blake’s replacement Adam Territt were still in command in their positions.

Dunshaughlin brought on Cian McLoughlin and Chris Pullen at half time. Donagmore/Ashbourne took the game to the home team in the 2nd half and opened the scoring with a point, Dunshaughlin responded with another point from Gray and it looked like it might be a ding-dong battle as both teams scored a point each, Dunne scoring for Dunshaughlin. Just over 20 minutes to go and Dunshaughlin were holding onto the lead. At this stage Donaghmore/Ashbourne upped the ante and scored 1-6 to lead by 7 points with less than 5 minutes to go. During that period of dominance Dunshaughlin brought on Cian McLoughlin, Liam O’ Connor and Oliver McEnroe in a bid to stem the tide. During those final five minutes the boys in Black and Amber put in a heroic effort to pull the game out of the fire and were rewarded firstly with a point from Sean O’Connor, it then looked like there might be grandstand finish with Dunshaughlin being awarded a penalty with just 1 minute to go, but substitute Tommy Toal’s fine effort was saved by Don/Ash netminder. Tommy’s introduction added pace to the forward line.

Dunshaughlin having played two games, have won one and lost one.

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

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