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U16 teams give strong displays on trip to Tipp

Dublin's under-16s gave strong showings in their respective groups in the annual Tipperary Supporters Club U16 Intercounty Hurling Tournament in the Premier County last Saturday.

Both panels were evenly balanced with the 'A' squad racing out of the blocks with a comprehensive 4-19 to 1-5 win over Laois, with Seán Gray of Whitehall Colmcille accounting for 1-7 of that tally.

Na Fianna's Seán Ryan chipped in with a brace of goals as well while Eoghan Ó Conghaile, Eoghan McHugh and Mark O'Farrell all impressed as the Dubs made the best possible start. Dublin were not so fortunate in their next fixture against a strong Clare outfit but after trailing for the majority of the game, two clinical strikes by Gray handed Seán Lane's side a one-point lead entering injury time.

However, the Banner were awarded a number of relatively soft frees and despite two excellent points from play by Rian McBride from St Vincent's and Faughs' Chris Bennett, the Dubs fell by the tightest of margins at the final whistle.

The 'B' panel displayed massive battling qualities in registering three successive wins over in their initial group stage with Galway overcome by 1-10 to 1-9, Waterford beaten by 1-11 to 1-10 and Limerick were accounted for by 1-10 to 1-8. However, the huge effort in qualifying for the final against Cork took its toll and a top class Rebel outfit took full advantage of Dublin's depleted energy to prevail comfortably.

Despite the disappointing end, there was much for the management team of Faughs' Pat Robinson, Cuala's Tadhg Murphy and Eamonn Lawlor of Ballinteer St John's to enthuse over, especially in the displays of the defence.

The full-back line of Enda Larkin from Ballinteer, Crumlin's Lee Glennon and Lee Richardson from Setanta were immense in every fixture while centre-back Jamie Treacy was another to emerge with great credit.