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Honours even with Kingdom

DUBLIN North's Under 15 selection experienced contrasting fortunes as they faced two Kerry sides in their challenge matches at Dr Morris Park in Thurles last Saturday afternoon.

First up for Tom Gray's charges was an encounter against Kerry North and a strong Dublin selection put in a highly impressive display in overcoming their opponents.

Dublin's dominance was reflected in the display of David Hawkshaw from St Brigid's, with the full-back producing a superb performance.

Hawkshaw received valuable support from Donal Ryan and Daniel Brennan while Darren Maher chipped in with 2-2 in a lively showing. It proved far tougher for Dublin in their second clash against the Kingdom as a more experimental selection succumbed to South Kerry.

James O'Donnell from 
St Vincent's and Rory Kearns were the pick of Dublin's players on a day that was extremely worthwhile according to manager Gray.

"We were delighted with what we got from the lads on Saturday," said Gray. "It was a good opportunity to experiment and work on a few things and we learned a fair bit on the day."


Meanwhile, the Dublin South panel also travelled to Thurles on Saturday with a squad of 33 players to take on Kerry South and Kerry North.

In the first game, Dublin made an uncharacteristically slow start against a strong wind and a fluent Kery South outfit and were 10 points down at half-time.

With wind advantage in the second half, and several excellent performances from forwards James Madden, Ross McGarry and the returning Richie English, the young Dubs reeled in the Kerry advantage.

Eoin Barr, Luke Doran and Ciaran McLoughlin were also behind the second-half revival which unfortunately ran out of time, with Kerry South prevailing by 3 points.

The second game against Kerry North saw Dublin South field an entirely different starting 15 and from the start the marauding Mark Nolan and tricky Eoin Joyce announced their intentions with superb displays in helping Dublin to a victory, with the shot-stopping of Mark McNamee keeping the men from the Kingdom at bay.

Dublin boss Pat Burke was pleased with the days work which gave the youngsters a chance to challenge themselves against two very good Kerry squads.