Ma­jor fo­cus on the lo­cal tal­ent

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

SPEAK­ING to the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent at the week­end, Drogheda United’s head of youth foot­ball Mor­gan Hughes said his mantra for the club’s un­der­age struc­ture is ‘lo­cal, lo­cal, lo­cal’ and he is happy with how that ap­proach is pro­gress­ing.

He was de­ter­mined that the Un­der-13s this sea­son be­gin that process in their Na­tional League cam­paign and with a good sprin­kling of lo­cals on the 15s and 17s squad also, he feels the road is clear for the fu­ture of the club.

The Un­der-13s have en­joyed a tough and com­pet­i­tive start to their ca­reers in the Drogheda colours but can take great sat­is­fac­tion from their most re­cent out­ing against Cabin­teely. They man­aged a 2-2 draw, with a num­ber of their lo­cal play­ers star­ring.

The likes of Sean Man­ning (ex Drogheda Boys), keeper Daniel Mol­loy (Drogheda Boys), Aaron King (Drogheda Boys), Adam O’Mal­ley-Devlin (Drogheda Town), Don­nacha Skinneder (Wal­shestown), ex EMU man Shane Reilly, Shaun Wynne (Drogheda Boys), Ted O’Con­nor (Drogheda Boys), An­drew Ola­jide (Drogheda Boys), Cal­lum Clarke (Drogheda Town) and Aaron Bizzell (ex Ra­toath Harps) are some of those who have been mak­ing their mark this sea­son.

The Un­der-15 squad have also been pro­gress­ing well, and that group boasts its fair share of lo­cals too, in­clud­ing a huge prospect in for­mer Ardee Celtic goal­keeper An­drew Wo­gan.

Al­tay Guneyer (Slane Wan­der­ers), Dy­lan O’Boyle (Duleek), Evan Had­dock (Duleek), Pa­trick O’Con­nell (Drogheda Town), Sean O’Hal­lo­ran (Al­bion Rovers), Tadhg Dunne (Drogheda Town) and Ul­tan McLough­lin (Drogheda Town) have all been part of the set-up.

Their pos­i­tive link-up with the lo­cal soccer world sug­gests a lot more young tal­ent will be mak­ing their way up the Wind­mill Road in the not­too-dis­tant fu­ture.

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