By Jim MacArdle
The Drogs Under 19s built on their opening day draw with Bohemians with a good away win at Longford on Sunday.
The addition of striker Stephen Meaney and midfielder Karl Fitzsimon to the squad and the promotion of Kyle Molloy and James Carroll from the Under 17s has given them strength in depth and they also welcomed back Mark Doyle from injury.
From the kick off the team showed plenty of strength & confidence on the ball and Doyle’s stint in the first-team squad has certainly sharpened his skills and the game was only ten minutes old when he cut in from the left and was only denied by a great save from the keeper.
Lee Partridge was unlucky five minutes later when the keeper deflected away his well-struck shot.
The Drogs lost Nathan Seery on the half hour through injury. He was replaced by Emmet Carolan. The lead goal fro the Drogs came on 35 minutes when Doyle took the ball confidently into the penalty area only to be upended by a poor tackle.
Stephen Meaney struck the penalty confidently for the lead goal. The Drogs doubled their lead on 42 minutes when Lee Partridge’s great cross was brilliantly headed to the net by Doyle.
The Drogs went in at half time with a 2-0 lead and they never looked like relinquishing the advantage with a dominating performance in the second period.
Fitzsimon in particular was a skilful and dominating presence in the Drogs midfield and on 70 minutes he took the ball from a Longford corner, exchanging a 1-2 with Eoin Broughan and was only denied by a good save from the home keeper.
The Drogs had a few more chances as time wore on and Sean Hughes had a good shot hit the bar in the 90th minutes.
The was a good result for the Drogs and they will know that there are harder battles to come in what will be a very competitive league.
Team: Dylan Sweeney, James Carroll (David Harper), Craig D’Arcy, Sean Tunney, Sam Reilly, Kyle Molloy, Karl Fitzsimon, Lee Partridge (Eoin Broughan), Stephen Meaney (Araron Kenna), Nathan Seery (Emmett Carolan), Mark Doyle (Sean Hughes).
Subs not used: Jamie Hickey, Dylan Rice.