Tom Gray’s U20 panel are through to the All Ireland Final as Ciaran Archer bags 2-06 against Galway

Ciaran Archer - Dublin Win U20 Seni Final

Dublin 2-14
Galway 1-10

Ciaran Archer and his U20 team mates delivered for Tom Gray this evening against a Galway side who had beaten them only a month ago. And the reward is a place in this year’s All Ireland U20 Football Final.

The St. Maurs sharp shooter was the star of the show again today bagging 2-06. Manager Tom Gray expressed his feelings on upping their game facing the Connacht Champions. Galway had beaten Dublin in the John Kerins Development League in June, but Dublin got the better result today when it counted.

Archers 2-03 in the first half was a massive difference. And while Galway enjoyed the larger share of possession they were down 2-06 to 1-04. They did kick on in the second half but Dublin’s composure was key.

High Fielding the order of the day

The Dubs started out looking to play the high ball into the Galway full back line and they reaped the benefits with Archer bagging two green flags. A free converted in the third minute was followed a minute later Brian O’Leary fielded a high ball from Karl Lynch Bissett, feeding Archer for the goal.

Galway were instantly on the back foot and another ball in was caught by Archer who got past a few Galway defenders and scored beneath the advancing Oran Burke in the Galway goal.

Trailing 2-01 to 0-00 Tony Gill finally opened Galway’s account with Padraig Costello adding a second. But they had to wait until the 17th before they registered their goal. Brian Harlowe exchanged passes with Gill and Darragh before placing the ball into the top right corner.

Matthew Tierney scored a point and Gill tagged on another. But with Archer in the form of his life he was quick to add another score along with one from O’Leary to end the half up by 2-06 to 1-04.

At the restart Costello started a run of five unanswered score for Galway and by the 42nd minute the sides were level. Dublin clawed back a two score advantage thanks to an Archer free and a score from play by substitute David Lacey. Archer was on target again, and Brian O’Leary helped push the lead out before Liam Boyle brought it back to a goal.

Galway seemed to be in despair at the close of the game as Dublin easily picked off scores. Ross McGarry, Niall O’Leary, Archer and James Doran found the range and they cruised to a comfortable win in the end.

Dublin will now face the winners of the the Cork v Tyrone Semi Final which throws in tomorrow at 4:00pm in O’Connor Park.

Scorers for Dublin:

Ciarán Archer 2-06 (4f)
Ross McGarry 0-03
Brian O’Leary 0-02
David Lacey 0-01
Niall O’Leary 0-01
James Doran 0-01

Scorers for Galway:

Brian Harlowe 1-00
Tony Gill 0-03
Padraig Costello 0-03 (2f)
Rory Cunningham 0-02
Matthew Tierney 0-01
Liam Boyle 0-01


1. David O’Hanlon
2. Darren Maher
3. Daire Newcombe
6. Neil Matthews
5. Kieran Kennedy
4. Eoin O’Dea
7. Seán Lambe
8. Peadar Ó Cofaigh Byrne
9. Donal Ryan
10. Niall O’Leary
11. Karl Lynch Bissett
12. James Doran
13. Brian O’Leary
14. Ciarán Archer
15. Ross McGarry

Dublin Substitutes:

20. David Lacey for Ryan (45)
17. Aaron Lynch for Maher (45)
22. Harry Ladd for B O’Leary (63)


1. Oran Burke
2. Ross Mahon
3. Seán Mulkerrin
4. Eoghan McFadden
5. Liam Boyle
6. Ciarán Potter
7. Jack Kirrane
10. Matthew Tierney
8. Matthias Barrett
9. Brian Harlowe
14. Liam Costello
12. Tony Gill
11. Darragh Silke
13. Pádraig Costello
15. Rory Cunningham

Galway Substitutes:

17. Jack Glynn for Kirrane (7)
23. Conor Newell for Harlowe (29)
19. Conor Campbell for Potter (40)
18. Mikey O’Brien for Glynn (48)
22. Eoin Mannion for Gill (50)
21. Ben O’Connell for L Costello (58).