Colm Basquel makes his mark for Dublin U21s

Dublin 2-17 Laois 2-5: Dessie Farrell hailed Colm Basquel’s commitment and admitted the Ballyboden attacker’s strong vein of form has left him with a selection headache for the EirGrid Leinster U21 final.
Colm Basquel makes his mark for Dublin U21s

Basquel came off the bench at Parnell Park and fired 1-3 less than 48 hours after an equally important 1-1 in the AIB All-Ireland club final victory over Castlebar Mitchels.

Dublin won by a dozen points on Saturday but there was only three in it when Basquel came on and his 39th minute goal doubled their advantage and eased the hosts home. Shane Clayton, another ‘Boden star, also came on and helped secure a win that sets up a March 30 Leinster final tie against Kildare.

Manager Farrell said that with Basquel and Clatyon available again, and forward Tom Lahiff suspended after a 38th minute red card, he has a tough task to pick his team.

“It will prove a significant challenge for the management in terms of selection,” said Farrell. “But that’s what you want. There are a lot of young players in our dressing-room and having Collie and Shane coming back in is really important because those other players learn so much from them.

It was always part of the plan that they’d be involved. They had been part of the group and participating. They weren’t togged out or active in the previous game but they were around the squad and it was always hoped they’d be available to us, that they’d avoid injury on Paddy’s Day and be there to make some sort of contribution because we knew we’d need them. It proved to be the case.”

Dublin led from the first score and were 1-8 to 1-4 up at half-time though Laois goals from Evan O’Carroll and Tom Shiel in either half kept them in the reckoning for 45 minutes or so.

Scorers for Dublin:

C Basquel (1-3), C O’Callaghan (0-5, 2 frees), C Sallier (1-1), G O’Reilly (0-3), M Cahalan (0-2), M Deegan, L Molloy (0-1 45) and S McMahon (0-1 each).

Scorers for Laois:

E O’Carroll (1-2, 1 free), T Shiel (1-1), N Murphy and M Keogh (0-1 each).

DUBLIN:

L Molloy; D Monaghan, S McMahon, E Smith; M Cahalan, C O’Shea, B Howard; A Foley, K Deeley; T Lahiff, C O’Callaghan, G O’Reilly; C Sallier, M Deegan, D Spillane.

Subs:

C Basquel for Deegan (37, black card), S Clayton for Deeley (46, black card), E Murchan for Spillane (48), A Byrne for Sallier (54), D McIlgorm for Foley (55), J Mullins for O’Callaghan (64).

LAOIS:

A Cooney; L Knowles, P O’Sullivan, A Campion; E Buggie, T Collins, D O’Reilly; R Dowling, E O’Carroll; N Murphy, B Daly, D Hickey; M Keogh, E Lowry, S Moore.

Subs:

T Shiel for Moore (24, black card), A Dowling for Buggie (h/t), C Murphy for R Dowling (43), E Keane for C Murphy (57), D Doyle for O’Carroll (63).

Referee:

F Smyth (Offaly).

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