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Under 16 Spring League

Dunshaughlin deliver strong performance in league opener.

Under 16 Spring League Division 2, Round 1

Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 6:45pm in Sean Newman Park, Bohermeen.

Full Time: St. Ultans/Cortown 1-8 (11)     Dunshaughlin 2-12 (18)   Half Time: St. Ultans/Cortown 0-4   Dunshaughlin 0-6

Referee: Martin Dawson.


Although a shower shortly before throw in, on an already wet pitch had made for tricky under foot conditions Dunshaughlin managed to get a decent foothold in the Under 16 Spring league with a convincing performance.

Dunshaughlin never trailed at any stage in this match against the newly amalgamated St Ultans/Cortown. Jared Rushe opened the scoring with a well taken point after 3 minutes and this was followed by the first of Joseph Dunne’s five points. The Bohermeen boys replied with 2 points to tie the score but that was to be the closest they got. Dunne (2), Daragh Byrne and Aiden Fraher tagged on further points to leave the visitors leading 6 points to 4 at the break. The two goalkeepers Jack Nestor for Dunshaughlin and David Monaghan for the home team both made fine saves to deny goals leaving both teams goalless at half time.

The Dunshaughlin side kept the pressure on in the 2nd period and their opening score was a free from Dunne. Fursey Blake sneaked up the pitch from the backs and found himself unmarked on the 14m line and at the end of a great team move as he shot low past the keeper for Dunshaughlin’s first goal. The 20 minutes of dominance after half time yielded 1-5 for Dunshaughlin as against only 0-2 for St. Ultans/Cortown and the boys in black & amber were up by 8 points with 10 minutes to go courtesy of points from Shane Kennedy, Cian McLoughlin and further points from Byrne and Dunne.

St Ultans then had a purple patch which yielded 1-2 without reply and brought the score difference back to 3 points with 4 minutes left. The goal coming from Paudie Rennicks (son of Meath All-star Ken Rennicks). It appeared it was going to be a nail biting last few minutes. However from a kick out after Bohermeen’s final point Dunshaughlin moved the ball at pace up the field and a blistering finish to the net from Shane Kennedy ensured the victory for the visitors. Kennedy added another point before the full time whistle stretching the winning margin to 7 points.

Overall despite the heavy and greasy conditions, Dunshaughlin strung some lovely passes together and clocked up some very good scores but were also guilty of some poor finishing. Plenty to work on for both sides but ultimately a very accomplished start by Dunshaughlin. Every one of the lads played very well, putting in a great shift considering the conditions especially Conor Gray, James Traynor, Daragh Byrne and joint top scorers Shane Kennedy and Joseph Dunne,.

Dunshaughlin: Jack Nestor(GK), Jeffrey Wall, James Traynor, Jared Rushe (0-1), Fursey Blake (1-0), Adam Territt, Jack Brady, Conor Gray, Daragh Byrne (0-2), Calum Deehan, Cian McLoughlin (0-1), Cillian McCool, Aiden Fraher (0-1), Shane Kennedy (1-2), Joseph Dunne (0-5)


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