DBS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY………1
CONTRASTING fortunes for the DBS International Academies in yesterday’s exhibition matches at the National Indoor Arena with the Under 17 squad falling to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Dundalk FC but the Under 13s triumphing 4-2 against Shelbourne.
What was also quite evident was the quality of player attracted into these innovative coaching programmes is of a very high calibre and the potential is real of some of those overseas players progressing up the ranks of the game with some spectacular individual displays on show.
The Under 17s were first up and while the scoreline was emphatic for Dundalk, there were large passages of play when the DBS International Academy enjoyed as much possession and showed lots of creativity.
It was Dundalk’s ability to convert possession into goals that ultimately swung the game the Louth side’s way in what was a high tempo and well contested game.
Central midfielder Edward Garcia was a very tidy operator while Gjon Melakuqi up front and winger Victor Hernandez were excellent and worked extremely hard on behalf of their team mates.
Dundalk however were a much more cohesive unit although you have to appreciate the International Academy had only a couple of days training together as a team and understandable that some moves broke down.
Lachlan Gillard in the heart of the DB Sports Academy also showed up well and was a commanding figure in the heart of the international backline and goalkeeper Max Levinton was a safe pair of hands and displayed good agility.
Rylee Medlin who hails from Florida was also an impressive performer and displayed a fie understanding of the game.
Dundalk are a class act and once they got their own passing game they began to find a few holes in the visitors defence and were ruthless when goalscoring opportunity arose.
Dundalk opened the scoring on 25 minutes and doubled their lead within a minute with a brace of close in strikes.
The EA Sports League side added a third on 38 minutes from a cleverly worked freekick and two minutes before the interval tagged on number four after the DB Sports side lost possession close to goal.
There were wholesale changes at the interval but the rhythm and pace of the game continued to be lively and an engaging spectacle to watch.
The DBS side pulled a goal back on 57 minutes through Michigan based centre forward Gjon Melakuqi with a near post finish but a penalty award in the 65th minute saw the ‘home’ side net number five.
Goalscorers for Dundalk were Eoghan Murtagh, Jake Hough, Marcus Stroud, Aidan Russell and Callum Bonner.
DBS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY UNDER 17s: Left to Right
Top: 18 Stetson Buttrill, 8 Rylee Medlin, 4 Lachlan Gillard, 16 Ben O’Connor, 9 Gjon Melakuqi, 19 Edward Garcia, 20 Ismail Nieves, 7 Nicholas Paiva-Benoit, 14 Ross Collier, 21 Max Leviton, Front row: 15 Ben Collier, 10 Ashton Medina, 3 Jacob Bell, 22 Callum Crowley, 2 Ryan Seaman, 6 Evan Galvan, 11 Victor Hernandez
LEE AND OGLESBY IMPRESSIVE AS DBS UNDER 13S ACADEMY SEE OFF SHELBOURNE FC
DBS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY…….4
THE DBS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY secured a hard earned but ultimately deserved success against Shelbourne Under 13s in the second game at the National indoor Arena.
After the initial probing of both sides it was the DBS side that came closest to breaking the deadlock when Blake Hogan shot from close in was saved well by the Shels netminder.
Noah Oglesby’s pace and eagerness to get forward at every opportunity was causing the Reds lots of problems down their left flank and Oglesby’s strength was seen to good effect as the game opened up.
Shelbourne passed the ball very well but on the half hour the international academy opened the scoring when Ken Delahunty’s shot was finished off at the back post by Dylan O’Connor.
Barbadian Ronan Lee was an excellent performer in the engine room for the DBS Under 13s and showed a wide range of passing and clever approach play. He’s a talent with an excellent future and displayed a mature footballing brain on young shoulders throughout.
He was taken down in the 35th minute and from the ensuing freekick curled a beautiful dead ball to the roof of the Shelbourne net.
Shels were still very much in the mix but a powerful run by Joe Lyons breaking clear of cover and running three quarters the length of the pitch saw his finish smartly to the net.
Shels hit back from the kick off through Kevin Madu to leave the score at 3-1 and then a bizarre own goal with the ball looping backwards over the out-stretched leap of goalkeeper Dylan Inniss made it 3-2.it looked as if Shels were finishing the stronger of the two sides but Daithi McGivern added a fourth after great support play by Ken Delahunty set up the opportunity.
Both matches were played in a very sporting manner and the academy sides will be all the better for their initial outing.
Their upcoming fixtures should make for interesting viewing.
DBS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY UNDER 13s: Left to Right Left to Right: Back row: 7 Noah Ogelsby, 9 Dylan O’Connor, 5 Paul Magee, 14 Joe Lyons, 15 Kyle Guckian, 8 Ronan Lee, 1 Dylan Inniss. Front: 3 Ken Delahunty, 12 Conor Deegan, 13 Hugo Manchip, 2 Daithi McGivern, 10 Blake Hogan, 10 Andrew Norman, 4 Ari Manning.