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Brave North learn from trip south

Despite not securing a win, Dublin North's U15 hurlers enjoyed a very useful exercise in a blitz in Wexford town on Saturday, writes Diarmuid Geraghty.

First up for the young Dubs was a battle with the hosts who emerged with a 2-13 to 3-9 victory thanks to a last-gasp goal. Naomh Barróg's Jason Byrne bagged 1-5 for Dublin, who also found the net through St Brigid's David Hawkshaw.

The second tie saw them face off with old foes Kilkenny in the ultimate test of their credentials. Unfortunately, despite a fine display, the wily Cats came away with a 2-12 to 1-11 win.

Erin's Isle sharpshooter Nicholas King hit the net for the Dubs with a great finish while Darragh O'Boyle from Naomh Mearnóg gave an exhibition of centre-back play.

Also prominent was tireless Raheny wing-back Ben McHugh, who was arguably the Dubs' man of the tournament.

Team mentor Dean O'Reilly was disappointed not to secure a win but was happy with the day.

"It's all about fine-tuning them now because there is a very talented bunch there," he said.

The Dubs will now go and prepare for the prestigious Michael Foley Tournament later in the summer.