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u16 final

Congratulations to our under 16 boys who won their Division 1 final over St. Colmcille’s in Pairc Tailtean. It was a well deserved long overdue victory for the boys in Black and Amber. Read full match report below

Full time : Dunshaughlin 2-19 (25) St. Colmcille’s 2-7 (13)
Half time : Dunshaughlin 2-10 (16) St. Colmcille’s 2-5 (11)
When the referee Patrick Clarke blew the final whistle in PaircTailtean, Dunshaughlin players and supporters went into wild celebration as this group of boys in the Black and Amber colors had just won their first ever Division 1 title. After losing four Division 1 finals to St. Colmcilles since been under 12 it was finally to be Dunshaughlin’s day in the sun against their great rivals from the coast. It was an exciting contest played in a very sporting manner by both teams which was helped by a referee who let the game flow as much as possible.
Dunshaughlin led this under 16 final from start to finish with center half back Jared Rushe opening the scoring with a well taken point in the first minute.
Dunshaughlin’s dominance in the opening ten minutes was reflected on the scoreboard which showed them leading 2-6 to no score. The five other points kept coming at the rate of one a minute (Colm Keane, Ruairi Kinsella & Arron Murphy one each and two converted frees from John McDonagh). The two goals coming in the 8th and 10th minute, the first a low shot on goal from Kinsella was going just wide when the quick thinking Murphy got his boot to the ball to send it to the net, the second from Kinsella from the penalty spot, whose scoring rate from penalties for Dunshaughlin has always been excellent. The penalty as a result of Joseph (Joey) Dunne been brought down bearing down on goal.
During that first ten minute period the hunger, determination, dominance throughout the field and the fantastic passages of football played by the boys in the Black and Amber gave a very clear message they meant business and were not going to be beaten.
The second 10 minutes the seasiders had their purple patch and scored 1-3 but Dunshaughlin remained calm and got back into their stride and although St. Colmcille’s tagged on another 1-2 before half time Dunshaughlin had four scores themselves in the lead up to half time (2 each from Murphy & McDonagh, 1f).
Dunshaughlin went in at half time leading by five points (2-10 to 2-5) and in reality, could have been further ahead as full forward Joey Dunne was twice unmarked in front of an open goal and had Dunshaughlin players spotted him they could have been going in with a bigger lead.
As expected, St. Colmcilles came out all guns blazing in the 2nd half and reduced the deficit to four within a minute of the restart. But the Dunshaughlin lads responded really well with everyone putting their shoulders behind the wheel smothering every St. Colmcilles attack and restricting them to one single point for the remaining 32 minutes played in the 2nd half. Dunshaughlin were winning the majority of kickouts that included some great high fielding from Conor Gray. Apart from Gray and our on fire forwards there were also many other great performances throughout the field from John McDonagh, Donagh McCarrick, Calum Deehan, Jared Rushe, Fursey Blake, Charlie O’ Connor and Alex Arkins to name a few. In reality every player in the Black and Amber played out of their skins. In that 2nd half Dunshaughlin controlled the game, slowly increasing their lead and at the same time knocking the wind out of any St. Colmcille’s threats. Goalkeeper Jack Nestor was keeping out anything that came his way and finding Dunshaughlin players with kickouts.
Dunshaughlin outscored the boys from the coast by seven points (9 to 2) in the second half with Murphy scoring five points including the last four unanswered points at the end of the game, McDonagh and Kinsella both scoring one a piece from play and one a piece from frees. Cian Edwards handled coped really well in the corner back position and Jack O’ Riordan worked hard to twart Cilles counter attacks.
After the game Minor Board Secretary Brian Kelly presented the U16 Division 1 FL Cup to Dunshaughlin captain Fursey Blake who along with his teammates, families and supporters celebrated a night they will remember for a lifetime.
Dunshaughlin Manager/Selector Kieran O’ Riordan, Coach/Selector Paul Nestor and Selector Ultan Blake congratulate all the boys on their wonderful achievement who put in a tremendous effort in training and also like to thank all the other coaches/mentors within the club who also assist with training and Stephen Claire who also helped out on the night.
Dunshaughlin: Jack Nestor, Cian Edwards, Donagh McCarrick, Alex arkins, Charlie O’Connor, Fursey Blake, Jared Rushe 0-1, Conor Gray, Calum Deehan, Ruairi Kinsella 1-3, Colm Keane 0-1, John McDonagh 0-6, Aaron Murphy 1-8, Joseph Dunne, Jack O’ Riordan. Subs: Robert Carolan for Jack O’ Riordan, Eoin Gorman for Cian Edwards, Oliver McEnroe for Colm Keane, Moustafa Saadon, Thomas Boyle, Alberto Montero Moreno, Nevin Power, Kyle O’ Connor.
St Colmcilles: Danny Ehichoya, Sean Horan, Caolan Nulty, James French, Adrian Kavanagh, Godfrey Ehichoya, Conor Power 1-0, Liam Stafford, Sean O’Donoghue, Adam Daly 1-1, Luke Hanan 0-5, Eoghan McCloughan 0-1, Cillian Quigley, Fiachra McNabb, Oisin Murphy. Subs: Ben Maguire, Josh McLoughlin, Evan Moran, Emmet Higgins, Oisin Murphy

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