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Both Dublin and Donegal will look to build on impressive quarter-final wins when they meet in next Sunday's Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship semi-final at Croke Park (1.30).

Both Dublin and Donegal will look to build on impressive quarter-final wins when they meet in next Sunday's Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship semi-final at Croke Park (1.30).

Donegal needed all their fighting qualities to narrowly come through against a dogged Roscommon while Dublin also showed admirable resolve in quelling a late Cork comeback in Thurles at the start of the month.

The four-week interlude will only have whetted the appetite and with both senior teams involved later in the afternoon, the stage is set for a kaleidoscope of green, gold and blue in five days' time.

"It is every young lad's dream to play in Croke Park," said Donegal manager Declan Bonner, a man with very pleasant memories of meeting Dublin at headquarters.

Whether the Na Rossa clubman will be smiling come 3pm next Sunday is arguable but his Dubs counterpart Cyril Kevlihan is in full agreement as to the positive experience that awaits both sets of players.

"Playing in that atmosphere is a wonderful opportunity for all the lads. It is a great day for all the players and very beneficial in terms of their development," he added.

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