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Craobh come good in the Netherlands

Craobh Chiaráin produced a strong display in overcoming Amsterdam by 2-18 to 1-9 in their Leinster Junior Football Championship qualifier in Maastricht last Saturday afternoon.

The contest was evenly balanced initially but Craobh's greater fitness proved central to their progression, according to team manager David Keane.

"Amsterdam started very well and as a few of them said out at the meal afterwards, they were hoping we'd be all hungover but that was never going to happen playing Leinster football," said Keane.

"They (Amsterdam) play more 11-a-side, 30-minute games over there so they ran out of steam a bit towards the end and we were able to take advantage."


After the disappointment of letting a seven-point lead slip in the county final loss to St Vincent's last month, it was imperative that Craobh bounce back from that defeat and the trip to Holland provided the perfect opportunity to renew their efforts.

"The experience was fantastic," said Keane.

"All the players and supporters were on a big high all weekend.

"We are really looking forward to the first round now against Oliver Plunkett's of Louth and we have just got to make sure that the preparation is right going in against them," he added.

Goals by Gary Kelly and Ger Ennis helped ease the Donnycarney outfit's progress and they will continue their campaign when facing St Oliver Plunkett's Eoghan Ruadh at the end of the month.

Scorers: G Kelly 1-6; G Ennis 1-1; S Kelly 0-3; R Mahon 0-2; S McDonnell, M McGuirk, P O'Boyle, K Warren, M Prizeman, S Kirwan 0-1 each.

Craobh Chiaráin: E Walsh; C Donaghue, S Finnegan, W Moore; S Kirwan, D O'Reilly, P O'Boyle; R Mahon, K Elliott; F Usanga, G Kelly, K Warren; G Ennis, S McDonald, S Kelly. Subs: S Ennis for Donaghue (25), P Flanagan for Usanga (40), M McGuirk for S Kelly (42), K Hetherton for O'Boyle (45), M Prizeman for McDonnell (55).