By Cóilín Duffy
London Senior Footballers stepped up their preparations ahead of the Allianz League Division 4 opener against Louth later this month, with a training camp in Ireland at the weekend.
Ciaran Deely got a first look at his charges on Irish soil against the Dublin Under 21s at St. Fintan’s in Swords.
London led 0-12 to 1-6 at half-time, but Dublin’s young guns, who face an away trip against Meath in their Leinster Senior Championship opener on March 3rd came good in the second half, and went on to record a 2-13 to 0-15 win.
Na Fianna clubman Alasdair Fitzgerald and Chris Sadlier of Thomas Davis with the Dublin goals. London management started with the following team, but made a number of changes in the second half as Dublin’s youngsters got on top on the scoreboard, to finish with a four-point win.
Niall O’Carroll; Philip Butler, David McGreevy, Darragh Quinn;, John Lynch, Danny Ryan, Colin Dunne; Cathal Óg Greene, James Moran; Adrian Moyles, Senan O’Grady, Lorcan Mulvey; PP O’Hara, Scott Conroy, Seamie Friel. The team offered a mix of familiar and new faces. Deely’s men trained at the Naomh Barrog facilities in Kilbarrack on Dublin’s north side the previous day.
The squad is one of the most competitive of recent years, with 55 players involved with the trials and 30 of them travelling to Ireland for the weekend. With some players set to be absent for the opening league game against Louth due to suspensions and injuries, a panel of 35 will be chosen shortly.