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Doing the best that you can is all that counts

DUBLIN minor chief, Martin McDonnell, doffs his hat to Clare Dowdall.

Clare is from St Maur's. She has the young Dubs in better shape than Katie Taylor.

"Clare deserves so much credit. She has the players absolutely flying," states Martin.

"I have the easy job. I'm just a facilitator. But it's a great honour for me to be involved with any Dublin team."

Martin salutes the deeds of the rest of his crew - Fergus O'Carroll (O'Dwyer's), Jonathan Rock (Scoil Uí Chonaill), Sinead Vivash (Clanna Gael Fontenoy), Kathleen Murphy (Clanna Gael Fontenoy and Declan Cassidy (Scoil Uí Chonaill).

It's a happy family. No pressure. The only question the management ask the players is that they do their best.

"We haven't set any goals. We just say that any time you get a blue jersey, go out and play to the best of your ability. We face Cork now in the All-Ireland semi-final.

"We'll give it our best shot. And see where that takes us. If it's good enough to beat Cork, we'll be delighted. If not, once we know we have left everything out there on the pitch, that will do as well."