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We can keep Sam Maguire - jubilant Dubs fans insist

HARDCORE Dubs fans turned out in force to cheer on the Blues as they opened their campaign to retain the Sam Maguire.

Thousands dusted off their blue kit to support Pat Gilroy's heroes as they took to the field of Croke Park against Louth.

It was a day for the rain gear, but that didn't deter a crowd of over 30,000 strong show up to watch Bernard Brogan and the boys at HQ, watching them power ahead of Louth 2-22 to 0-12.

Supporters are already hopeful for another Championship title this year, and believe that the side can go all the way again to retain the Sam Maguire cup.

Clontarf native Maria Loughran told the Herald she has no doubt the Blues can lift the silverware for a second year in a row.

"It was a brilliant result, Dublin are looking very strong for the Championships, we're convinced they're going to win again."

Robert Yates, from Templeogue, added: "It was a serious whitewash, it looks like we'll win it again, I'm confident already."

Rathfarnham local Alan Lawlor noted that: "Louth didn't put up a fight."

Lucan pals Niamh Pender (16) and Rachel Kenny (16) insisted that Kerry are looking to be the team's biggest contender this year.

Ciaran Leavy, from Stillorgan, who brought his five-year-old son Luke along to the match, agreed.

"I think we've a very good chance, but it'll be Kerry who will pose a problem. We were too good for Louth."