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It may not be Sam but Dublin minors do us proud in Croker final

IT might not have been Sam but Dublin did take home some silver on All Ireland day.

As Donegal headed to the hills with the senior trophy, the Dublin minors made sure the Tom Markham cup stayed in the capital.

It is the first time since 1984 -- when Jim Stynes was on the team -- that the Dubs have managed to secure the title.

Fans praised the squad that narrowly missed out on victory last year for their determination and fighting spirit against Meath.

Aisling Fogarty from Marino said: "I think they are fantastic. They came back from last year's defeat and did really well this year."

Celebrating in the Big Tree after the match, John O'Donohoe from Raheny said he was so proud of the boys in blue for reclaiming victory after so many years.

"It's fantastic, first win for Dublin minors since 1984. They were unlucky last year so it's great to see the lads doing so well."

Another blue-blooded fan, Des Chew, who coaches the Under 8s at Synge Street Club in Templeogue, said: "It was fantastic. I'm delighted the way it worked out. It was a team effort and it's great for the future of Dublin football."

David Cullen was equally delighted with the team's performance.

"I think they were very good. They came out on top and that's what we wanted. I think they have great potential for the future. Please God we'll win the hurley next weekend; here's hoping," he said.

And it wasn't just the Dubs' football skills that impressed Orla Moloney; the young players are also easy on the eyes according to the young woman from Tallaght. "The team were great today and have great potential. I'm all for them, and they're really hot too."

The huge demand for tickets for the much-hyped senior final between Donegal and Mayo meant that many Dublin fans had to settle for watching their teams efforts on television, but that didn't dampen their enthusiasm

Gerry Caden from Knocklyon said: "Fantastic result. I spent all morning trying to get a ticket but I watched the game on TV. It was a great result and well done Dubs."

One supporter who did manage to get tickets was Dublin native David White, who now lives in Donegal. He said he was delighted to be back in town to see the minors win.