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North Dubs enjoy their trip into the West

DUBLIN under-15 North and South footballers were both in action in a brilliantly run competition at the Connacht GAA centre, near Ballyhaunis, Mayo on Saturday.

The North selection enjoyed three wins from three games, opening with a hard-fought 3-6 to 1-10 victory over a strong Monaghan unit.

The game was decided by a strong finish from the Dubs, whose bench made a big difference as subs Jeff Rafter, Tiernán McGlynn and Síofra Fitzgerald all made big impacts while Nathan Doran gave a towering display at full-back.

Indeed Rafter hit the net twice with his first two touches while McGlynn fired over an important point.

Kevin Callaghan found the net in the opening half to keep Dublin within touching distance as they trailed 1-2 to 0-7 after playing second fiddle against a dominant Farney side.

They also had Evan Barry to thank for a fine reflex save when parrying a goal-bound effort over the crossbar.

The second outing saw the two Dublin sides face off, with the northsiders proving too strong and running out 2-9 to 0-5 winners.

IMPRESSIVE

Conor Lennon was highly impressive with three classy points while the highlight was a brilliantly taken second-half goal from Cormac Howley.

The energetic McGlynn found the net in the opening half with good showings from Mal Tighe in defence as well as intelligent forward play from Mark Victory and Kevin Lillis in their attack.

The North were also comfortable in their concluding tie, beating Donegal 2-10 to 0-3.

The Dubs' fitness was impressive with Rory Clarke and David Maloney catching the eye, the forward line linked up well and Rob Shaw and Luke Murphy were strong after being introduced as subs.

A Rafter penalty was the source of the first goal while Michael Courtney and Mark Donnelly combined unselfishly for the former to raise a second green flag with telling contributions also from Thomas Davis.

The South selection were in good form, in particular Tom Keane, who shot 1-6 against Mayo (1) in the opening tie in their comprehensive 4-14 to 0-3 victory.

After the tough outing against Dublin North, Mayo (2) threw up some extra questions and despite the best efforts of outstanding defender Neil Seary the southsiders came up short, 2-7 to 1-6.


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