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Northern exposure no harm for U16s

Dublin under-16 footballers enjoyed a very productive day on Saturday which saw them play challenge games against Antrim and two different Armagh selections.

After playing fellow Leinster sides Westmeath, Meath and Louth in the recent Gerry Reilly tournament, it allowed the team to gain experience of playing against the northern style of play.

That aforementioned Gerry Reilly competition did not prove overly successful for the young Dubs but nonetheless, there were improvements with each game and this trend continued at the weekend.

All games were played at Naomh MearnĂ³g in Portmarnock and Dublin recorded a facile 14-point win over Antrim in their opening fixture. Dave Campbell scored the only goal of the game as they romped home on a final scoreline of 1-12 to 0-1.

The second game was against Armagh and this proved to be a much tighter affair.



Surrender

Shane Carthy excelled at midfield for Dublin as he inspired his side to the win while Rob Lacey and Donal Gormley were superb in defence.

Adam Rogers scored a goal just after the half-time break to give Dublin a five-point lead which they would not surrender -- and they finished out the game with little fuss for a 1-5 to 0-3 win.

In the final match, the opponents were once again Armagh and this saw Dublin succumb to their only defeat. Carthy was again superb and he kicked a wonderful '45'. However, both teams used this as a chance to give players game time and there were wholesale substitutions throughout.

But Armagh seemed to cope better with the chopping and changing and managed to find the net twice in the first half which built the platform for their 2-6 to 0-10 victory.

Team selector Brian Scully was satisfied with the teams showing and the weekend in general.

"It was a good day and gave us a chance to look at a lot of lads," explained Scully.

"We have been improving a lot in the past couple of weeks which is mainly down to the fact we are working harder in training so hopefully this will continue."


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