Ciaran Archer’s 3-08 led the Dublin U20 Footballers to a fantastic win in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park

U20 Footballers - Leinster Quarter Final

Dublin 4-21
Longford 0-07
Leinster U20 Football Quarter Final

Tom Gray’s U20 Football panel couldn’t have got a better start tonight in Pearse Park as they easily advanced to the Leinster Semi Finals. They’ll face Wexford next Tuesday evening with Parnell Park as the venue.

Three goals from Dublin Full Forward Ciaran Archer, and a fourth from substitute Harry Ladd saw Dublin methodically pick apart Longford in a very one sided affair Longford had to wait for two frees around the middle of the first half to get on the scoreboard. And they scored the remainder of their seven scores between the 49th minute and the end of the game as Dublin took their foot off the gas.

The Dub’s pressed from the throw in and raced into a 1-08 to no score by the 16th minute of the opening half. St. Maurs Ciaran Archer, responsible for 1-04 of the opening scores was Dublin’s go to for the entire game. Ross McGarry and Karl Lynch Bissett chipped in before Oran Kenny registered two scores for the home side.

Dublin’s response to the two Longford scores a string of seven more scores without reply. Archer (3), McGarry, and Brian O’Leary (2) all finding their range to finish the session 1-15 to 0-02.

Dublin never looked like letting up as Longford struggled to contain them

James Doran got the second half underway with a quick point. And things would get worse for Longford as Dublin punished them further with two quick goals. Harry Ladd had just entered the action when he quickly found the net. Five minutes later Archer converted a penalty to give Dublin a 3-16 to 0-02 advantage.

With Brian O’Leary fouled around the D, Archer picked up his deadball perfection converting another, with Harry Ladd adding a point to the goal he’d scored. Mark Lavin put is name on the scoresheet coming off the bench before Joe Hagan added two of three more scores for the home side. Aidan Maguire with the third.

Ladd ended his tally of 1-02 with his final score to leave Archer add yet another goal, bringing the score up 4-20 to 0-05 in Dublin’s favour. Kenny obliged Longford two more to end their scoring for the night. The last word was from David Lacey to close the game comfortably for Dublin.

Dublin Scorers:

Ciaran Archer 3-08 (1-00 pen, 5f)
Harry Ladd 1-02
Ross McGarry 0-04 (1f)
James Doran 0-02
Brian O’Leary 0-02
Karl Lynch Bissett 0-01
Mark Lavin 0-01
David Lacey 0-01

Longford Scorers:

Oran Kenny 0-04 (4f)
Joe Hagan 0-02 (1f)
Aidan McGuire 0-01

Dublin Panel:

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

Dublin Substitutes:

Harry Ladd for McGarry (HT)
Aaron Lynch for Maher (41)
Mark Lavin for O’Leary (41)
David Lacey for Doran (48)
Darragh Conlon for Matthews (49)
S. Farrelly for O’Cofaigh Byrne (57)


1. Patrick Murray
2. Gavin Hughes
3. PJ Masterson
4. Dylan Corcoran
5. Eoghan McCormack
20. Paddy Duggan
7. Shane Farrell
8. Niall Farrelly
9. Daire O’Brien
10. Gerard Flynn
11. Joe Hagan (0-2,1f)
12. Kian Gilmore
13. Oran Kenny (0-4,4f)
14. Aidan McGuire (0-1)
15. Jordan Shiels

Longford Substitutes:

Dario Cigliano for Farrell (25)
Eamon Keogh for Gilmore (HT)
Shane Campbell for Duggan (34)
Packie Molloy for Shiels (34)
Jordan Martin for Flynn (38)
Edward Smyth for Corcoran (56)