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Dublin and Royals were singing in the Clane rain

AS Meath lifted the Leinster U14 Championship trophy, the Dubs stood in the Kildare rain to applaud.

It had been an impressive Leinster journey. Unbeaten until Saturday's final.

Wins over Meath, Longford, Laois, Kildare and Louth. In his programme notes, the Leinster President, Finbarr O'Driscoll, had predicted a good one.

"This is a mouth-watering prospect between these two great combatants. The group clash between the two produced 11 goals and 16 points.

"It was a thrilling encounter of free-flowing football," reflected Finbarr.

The Dubs are managed by Fearghal Brennan, Theresa Molohan, Aoife Curran and Damian Prout.

They were handsome in their praise for the Royals.

"Meath played so well. Fair play to them," stated Theresa.

"Our girls played their hearts out.

"We were just a bit unfortunate on the day. But it was a fantastic match. There were so many talented players out on the pitch.

"It was a wonderful advert for the game. Sometimes, you forget that they are only 14."

Theresa has high hopes for the Dubs.

"Many of them will now go onto U16 level next year. And they will keep progressing and getting better."