Dublin power to victory with a masterful second half display
Dublin 4-17 Wicklow 0-10
It was very much a game of 2 halves with the strong wind on the day, Wicklow were playing with the wind in their backs for the first half of the Gerry Reilly U-16 FT Rd.3 game played on Saturday afternoon in Millbrook, Oldcastle and by the 21st minute, they led by 7 points (0-9 to 0-2).
Ruari Tompkins (related to Larry Tompkins) pointed for Wicklow in the first minute. Denis Smith got the equaliser for Dublin. Ruari Tompkins regained the lead with his second point only to be matched again by Dublin after a great move down the field. While Wicklow recorded 7 unanswered points next, Dublin were creating chances and were twice thwarted by the Wicklow ‘keeper.
H/T: Wicklow 0-10 Dublin 0-5
The second half was all Dublin and, who were now playing with the wind. They had moved up a gear and Matt Grogan’s goal gave them the lead for the first time (1-8 to 0-10). Denis Smith quickly followed up with Dublin’s second goal and there was going to be no way back for Wicklow.
Dublin kept on putting pressure on Wicklow while adding to their tally that included an own goal by Wicklow. They were simply too good for Wicklow in the second half and who were held scoreless by Dublin .
Dublin’s, Ciaran McManus was presented with the RESPA ‘Man of the match’ award by Bobby Kellett (Kelletts Oldcastle Ltd)
Dublin now play either Laois or Meath (who play on Sunday evening 16 July @ 7.00 pm in Millbrook, Oldcastle) in the Gerry Reilly Plate Final (for teams finishing 2nd in their groups)
Dublin: Jake Turley, Josh Bannon, Evan Brooks, David Bohan, Mark Le Strange, Enda Cashman (1-1), Euan Farquarson, Adam Fearon, Ciaran McManus, Cillian Stynes (0-4), Mark O’Leary (0-2), Matthew McMahon, Denis Smith (1-2), Matt Grogan (1-2), Joe Murray (0-2)
Subs: Sean Guiden (0-2) for McMahon, Noel Hatton for Bohan, Conor Lowe for O’Leary, Ryan Murphy for Le Strange, Simon Murphy for Fearon, Conor Hennessy (0-2), (Wicklow, (1-0,og)
Wicklow: Alex Byrne, Cian McHugh, Daire Devine, Ben Fennell, Gavin O’Shea, Gavin Fogarty, Eoin Murphy, Eoghan Byrne, Tristan O’Toole, Oisin Cullen, Shaun Cranley 90-4), Andy Foley (0-2), Johnny Keogh, Alan Barrett, Ruari Tompkins (0-4)
Subs: Kevin Quinn for Fogarty (inj.), Gavin Fogarty for Lavin, Stefan Glavenescu for
Quinn, Darragh Dillon for O’Shea, Ken O’Grady for Eoghan Byrne, Kian Geraghty for Alex Byrne
Ref: Joey Curley (Meath)