A very pacy Dublin side made easy work of the Offaly U16 team last Sunday afternoon in the capital in the opening round of the U16 A Leinster Championship.
Dublin dominated from the throw-in and led by five with a brace of points each from Ashling O’Neill and Ellie Young and one from Roisin Ni Chathasaigh.
Offaly were struggling to both stem the flow of ball towards their own goal and make an impact up front. Offaly struggled with the Dublin forwards Eile O’Ceallaigh, Ashling O’Neill and Ellie Young who caused havoc in the Offaly defence giving Dublin a 14-point lead at the break with the score 2-08 to no score.
Offaly finally registered their first score of the game just after the break with a converted free from Clodagh Leahy but the Dublin U16s answered this score with four unanswered points. Dublin put the game to bed in the 50th minute when substitute Emma Diamond scored their third and final goal just seconds after her introduction.
It was all one-way traffic for Dublin as Offaly never looked like they would threaten the Blues defence who had a huge work rate and hooked and blocked any potential score.
Another converted free this time from Orlaigh Phelan secured Offaly’s second score of the match. A point from Clodagh Leahy was Offaly’s third point and first from open play and a converted free from Orlaigh Phelan completed the scoring as Dublin ran out comfortable and deserving 21-point winners.
Dublin Scorers: Ellie Young 1-05 (1f ), Ashling O’Neill 0-05, Eile O’Ceallaigh 1-01, Ashling Gannon 0-03, Emma Diamond 1-00, Roisin Ni Chathasaigh 0-01, Lucy Quinn 0-01
Offaly Scorers: Clodagh Leahy 0-02 (1f), Orlaigh Phelan 0-02 (2f)
Offaly U16s: 1. Caoimhe Kinsella, 2. Hannah Riley, 3. Aoibhe Kennedy, 4. Jenny Bracken, 5. Eimear Maher, 6. Kerri Leonard, 7. Caoimhe Darcy, 8. Sinead Hanamy, 9. Grace Leonard, 10. Clodagh Leahy, 20. Lauren Leonard, 12. Orlaigh Phelan, 13. Shauna Byrne, 14. Ava Maloney, 15. Denise O’Connor
Offaly subs: 18. Aoife O’Regan for 8. Sinead Hanamy (HT), 21. Marie Cantwell for 20. Lauren Leonard (HT), 19. Rachel Dillon for 9. Grace Leonard (38), 17. Sarah Doherty for 5. Eimear Maher (41)