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Fanning's pleased as Blues scalp Tribe

DUBLIN'S minor hurlers produced an encouraging display as they overcame 14-man Galway by 1-19 to 1-13 in their challenge match at St Clare's yesterday morning.

The contest saw the return to the fold of both Rian McBride and Con O'Callaghan, who had previously been channelling their energies in Coláiste Eoin's successful Leinster Colleges Senior Football run.

Dublin began with the aid of the strong wind and, thanks mainly to the sharpshooting of Séan Grey, they took an early grip on the game.

Chris Bennett, maintaining his recent excellent form, struck for a goal midway through the half and, with Galway a little shell-shocked by the Dubs' impressive start, they gradually pulled themselves back into contention to leave the half-time score at 1-12 to 1-7.

It was tit-for-tat for the third quarter, but the game ended as a contest when Galway had a player sent off midway through the second half.


Overall, Dublin will take a good deal of encouragement from this display and the result, with Shane Barrett, Daragh Butler, Jake Malone and Paul O'Dea all rock-solid in defence.

McBride had a fine game in midfield and, in a very sharp looking forward line, Bennett, Ryan and Eoghan McHugh all looked very threatening.

Manager Pat Fanning, although conceding that this was quite a bit off Championship pace, was nonetheless quite pleased with his charges.

"With less than four weeks to the Championship, this display and this win show that we're going in the right direction.

"We have two more games, with Tipperary and then with Waterford, before our date with destiny in Wexford Park next month.

"Today was a big step forward for us," said the Na Fianna clubman.

Scorers: S Grey 0-11 (4f, 2 '65's), C Bennett 1-1, E McHugh 0-2, R McBride 0-2, M Oliver, G King, C O'Callaghan 0-1 each.

Dublin: Jonathan Treacy (Na Fianna); Tom Foxe (Kilmacud Crokes), Shane Barrett (Na Fianna), Mark McCallion (Kilmacud Crokes); Paul O'Dea (Na Fianna), Jake Malone (Cuala), Ciarán Brady (Faughs); Rian McBride (St Vincent's), Donal Burke (Na Fianna); Seán Grey ( Whitehall Colmcille), Eoghan McHugh (Na Fianna), Chris Bennett (Faughs); Séan Ryan (Na Fianna), Con O'Callaghan (Cuala), Matthew Oliver (Na Fianna). Subs: Mark Maguire (St Jude's) for Brady (35); Eoin Ó Conghaile (Lucan Sarsfield's) for Bennett (40), Feargal Whitely (Kilmacud Crokes) for Ryan (40), Eoin Dunne (Naomh Mearnóg) for O'Callaghan (50), Seán Keating (Kilmacud Crokes) for McHugh (50).