Duleek boys live up to tag of cham­pi­ons

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

PLAY­ERS from both the Un­der-13 League cham­pi­ons Duleek Dy­namoes and run­ners-up Al­bion Green re­ceived their medals af­ter play­ing out an en­ter­tain­ing fi­nal game of the sea­son in Monaster­boice.

With the Meath club hav­ing al­ready clinched the ti­tle, both teams could have been for­given for tak­ing it easy on a cold and damp night un­der the flood­lights. How­ever, this was in fact a hot­ly­full-blooded af­fair, with fan­tas­tic com­mit­ment from both sets of play­ers right up to the fi­nal whis­tle and lots of good foot­ball on show.

Duleek set­tled first and en­joyed good pos­ses­sion with some neat pass­ing, while their front pair of

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Sean O’Hal­lo­ran and Al­tay Guneyer looked dan­ger­ous and caused Al­bion prob­lems at the back.

The Monaster­boice side’s cen­tre-back pair­ing of Gideon Kabi and An­drew Reilly were work­ing hard to keep their op­po­nents at bay, but Duleek opened the scor­ing mid-way through the first half with a well-taken goal from the ex­cel­lent Keith Tighe.

Sens­ing the chance to put the game to bed, Duleek pushed on af­ter the goal and Al­bion’s keeper Eric Win­ters had to be alert, mak­ing two fine saves.

As the half wore Al­bion started to as­sert an el­e­ment of con­trol in mid­field, with Keefer Carolan, Dar­ragh Rus­sell and Jake Neilon im­pres­sive, but with the in­ter­val ap­proach­ing Duleek’s Dy­lan O’Boyle gave them a re­minder of the po­ten­tial dan­gers as he made a great run from mid­field, evad­ing sev­eral tack­les, only to be de­nied by Win­ters.

Al­bion came out for the sec­ond half in de­ter­mined mood and picked up where they left off, see­ing a lot more of the ball and push­ing Duleek’s de­fence back, with the hard-work­ing Lor­can Lynch caus­ing lots of prob­lems with his trick­ery on the ball.

Evan Had­dock and Joseph Colmey, play­ing at the back for Duleek, were see­ing a lot more ac­tion than the first half, but they kept their cool and had the re­li­able Mathew Kealy in goal be­hind them when called upon to keep Al­bion out.

The hosts, un­de­terred, con­tin­ued to press for the equaliser that their good play and hard work mer­ited and both teams had chances, but there were to be no more goals as Duleek held on to win the game thanks to Tighe’s first-half strike.

Af­ter the match Duleek were pre­sented with the league tro­phy and win­ners medals, com­plet­ing a re­mark­able third dou­ble in the last three years by this team. They also won the North Le­in­ster SFAI Cup re­cently and are through to the round of 32 in the All-Ire­land com­pe­ti­tion.

And Al­bion could be happy with their run­ners-up medals - just re­ward for a fan­tas­tic sea­son in which they also won the League Plate.

AL­BION GREEN: Eric Win­ters, Shane Camp­bell, An­drew Reilly, Gideon Kabi, Layne Coul­ter, Cian Hod­gins, Dar­ragh Rus­sell, Jake Neilon, Sam Wynne, Keefer Carolan, Lor­can Lynch, Adam Rus­sell, Shane Cur­tis, Niall McCarthy, Thomas Hughes, James Devine.

DULEEK DY­NAMOES: Mathew Kealy, Joseph Colmey, Tadhg Dixon, Cal­lum Pais­ley, Evan Had­dock, Cian Towey, Sean O’Hal­lo­ran, Maithiu Brien, Dy­lan O’Boyle, Al­tay Guneyer, Keith Tighe, Karl Mi­land, Adam Craven.

•Duleek AFC are seek­ing new play­ers for the Un­der-14 Elite team for 2019 and in­ter­ested par­ties are asked to con­tact Rob or Lev by email at [email protected]

FIX­TURES

Rob Colmey and his son Joseph Colmey cel­e­brate Duleek Dy­namoes’ suc­cess.

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