Ire­lands lay down a loud early marker

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT -

DUN­DALK Young Ire­lands jus­ti­fied their favourites tag for Christy Bellew glory af­ter they cruised to an em­phatic vic­tory over Sta­ban­non Par­nells on Satur­day evening in the Grove.

Af­ter 22 min­utes, the ma­raud­ing Dean Maguire scored his sec­ond goal of the open­ing half, to give the Dun­dalk side a lead of 2-4 to 0-2 and ef­fec­tively put the game be­yond Sta­ban­non who were out­played by a su­pe­rior Young Ire­lands side.

Adrian O’Donoghue’s were dom­i­nant in al sec­tors in that open­ing half and but for a high first half wide tally of eight, they could have been even fur­ther out of sight by the in­ter­val.

The Young Ire­lands were 1-4 to 0-1 ahead af­ter 15 min­utes with that goal com­ing from Maguire, while Ai­dan Sheeky landed the pick of the scores from dis­tance. Maguire, Cian O’Nairaigh and Cian O’Donoghue all found their range too.

And once they found their shoot­ing boots the out­come of this match was never in doubt. An Aaron Mur­ray point, two scores from Cian’s brother Jor­dan O’Donoghue as well as that sec­ond green flag for Dean Maguire gave the Dun­dalk side a com­mand­ing lead at the break.

The tire­less Daniel Ban­non (0-2) and David Cluskey were the sole re­sponses for Ol­lie McDon­nell’s side. With Mark Sav­age op­er­at­ing as a sweeper and Derek Maguire touch­ing the ball 23 times over the 60 min­utes, the Young Ire­lands were in the driv­ing seat from start to fin­ish.

Par­nells strug­gled to make any in­roads into the Young Ire­lands half as they only had the ball in the op­po­si­tions half of the pitch 12 times com­pared to Young Ire­lands’ 20 in the first pe­riod. To add to their woes, Sta­ban­non also lost full back Sean Halpenny to a black card in that open­ing 30 min­utes.

The sec­ond half had an air of in­evitabil­ity about it with the ram­pant Young Ire­lands scor­ing an­other two goals through full for­ward Sean McLough­lin and Cian O’Donoghue. Sta­ban­non keeper Anto Byrne also pro­duced a su­perb save to deny McLough­lin in that sec­ond half. Dean Maguire fisted over the bar and then set up Ai­dan Sheeky for his sec­ond point.

How­ever, wor­ry­ingly for the Dun­dalk side, Dean Maguire was re­placed a few min­utes later due to in­jury with Jor­dan O’Donoghue deputis­ing as free taker. O’Donoghue scored 0-3 points in that sec­ond half with the ex­cel­lent Cian O’Nairaigh help­ing him­self to an­other point while cor­ner back Stephen Bellew also found the range be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

Daniel Ban­non grafted hard for the Sta­ban­non cause as his scores put a lit­tle re­spectabil­ity on the score­line while Aonghus Gig­gins (2 frees) and the hard­work­ing Colm Gig­gins also rais­ing white flags for Par­nells but there is no doubt about who the su­pe­rior team were as Young Ire­lands showed why they are one of the favourites to go all the way in this Ju­nior cham­pi­onship.

A cause for con­cern for Adrian O’Donoghue’s side will be los­ing Dean Maguire to that in­jury and their tally of 13 wides over the hour con­vert­ing 18 from 33 scor­ing at­tempts.

Cian O’Donoghue scores the fourth goal for Dun­dalk Young Ire­lands dur­ing their JFC Group A match against Sta­ban­non Par­nells at The Grove, Castle­belling­ham.

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