THE Des Kelly carpet was as good as ever. The perfect stage for right-winger, Shane Elworthy.
Shane played a generous role in the U-12 Cashin Cup win for the DDSL at the Oscar Traynor on Saturday.
It was refreshing to see such a good winger at work. So many times he got to the end-line. And there was always an end product.
His pace and skill on the ball gives him the confidence to run at the best of defences.
And he also knows when to cut out the dribble and send over a cross that's just as good as if he had beaten two or three tackles.
Shane gave the hosts a parcel of problems for the hour. But it was only in the second half that the DDSL began to find the pocket.
Nil-all at the break. The opening period was tight. There was a good sprinkling on the terraces. They were enjoying the action, and the sunshine.
The NDSL attackers were working hard, often putting the visitors defence under pressure. Left full, Evan Osam, son of Paul, was neat and tidy.
Glen Carragher and Tommy Kinsella showed tight control and good awareness. The DDSL rearguard had to watch them closely.
Carragher came closest of all before the interval when his dipping 20-yarder landed on top of the net.
The NDSL have a gem of a goalkeeper in Brian Smith. He made several fine saves. He was also sound on the crosses.
In the first half he foiled Elworthy and Thomas Tiernan. Richie Purdy also went near with a header for the DDSL who have now won two and drawn one in the Group.
Tiernan and Fuad Sullo were doing well in the DDSL engine room. So much craft and creativity.
But it was a young man that came off the bench, Ger Short, who changed the script.
Five minutes into the second half came the first goal. Elworthy once again caused havoc cutting in from the right at the Northside Shopping Centre end.
His shot was pushed onto the underside of the bar by Smith. Tiernan followed up with a shot that brought another Smith save.
The ball squirted out to Short who met it perfectly on his laces. The net fairly danced.
Three minutes later, Short, on the left, set up the second. Cleverly he laid the ball back into the path of Purdy who finished with authority.
The third came two minutes later. A delicious Tiernan pass opened the door. Purdy forced a good stop from Smith, but Andrew Browne swept away the crumbs.
All over in ten quick minutes. Twelve minutes from the finish, Sean Goulding applied the Hellman's.
Two defeats and one draw for the NDSL. Their first victory is only around the corner.
DDSL: James Talbot (Home Farm); Dan Casey (St Joseph's Boys), James Dunne (St Kevin's Boys), Anto Breslin (Home Farm), Evan Osam (St Kevin's Boys), Shane Elworthy (St Kevin's Boys), Fuad Sullo (Crumlin), Thomas Tiernan (St Kevin's Boys), Sean Byrne (St Joseph's Boys), Andrew Browne (Malahide United), Richie Purdy (St Kevin's Boys). Subs: Robert Duggan (Malahide United), Ger Short (Cherry Orchard), Jack Tuite (Cherry Orchard), Dylan Watts (St Joseph's Boys), Karl Skinner (Lourdes Celtic), Kevin McGrane (St Kevin's Boys), Sean Goulding (St Kevin's Boys).
NDSL: Brian Smith (Glebe North); Cian Kennedy (Woodlawn), Blake Merridew (Glebe North), Mark Kelly (Huntstown), Sean Sludds (Glebe North), Cian Fogarty (Woodlawn), Joseph Fitzpatrick (Woodlawn), Adam Clark (Huntstown), Glen Carragher (Woodlawn), Tommy Kinsella (Ratoath Harps), Dean Casey (Huntstown). Subs: Zack Elbozedi (Rivervalley Rangers), Steven Mullens (Navan Road United), Gavin Kearney (Woodlawn), Conor Hamilton (Huntstown), Ciaran Maguire (Swords Manor), Sean Keogh (Corduff), Sean Fogarty (Corduff).
Referee: Ken Judd