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Gilheaney: Dublin can make Wee impression

DUBLIN U-16 footballers begin their Gerry Reilly Cup campaign this coming Monday when they take on Louth in Oldcastle, Meath.

Team manager Paul Gilheaney is confident the young Dubs can make an impression after a number of months hard work in the training field.

"We have had a good few training sessions now and things have gone well," he explained.

"We organised three trial games a while back and it was a good exercise so we are after getting a good panel together now. We are building gradually and the lads seem to have responded very well."

Gilheaney's men were involved in a blitz earlier this year where they also met Louth, coming out one-point winners on that occasion. He stressed however, that it will mean very little going into Monday's tie.

"At this stage there will be different panels and teams are experimenting," he mused.


"We just need to worry about ourselves more than anything else. Louth were excellent when we last played them and we only beat them by a point. Defensively they were very well organised."

Dublin have won the tournament on three occasions, the last of which came in 2007. Last year, they made the final via a play-off win over Westmeath, only to go down to a strong Meath team.

The St Vincent's clubman hopes that they can put that right this time around. "It's always been a good tournament and Dublin have always entered it," he said. "It's very worthwhile and it's taken very seriously so it is definitely something we will want to win."

As well as Louth, Dublin will face Meath and Westmeath in the coming weeks.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Gerry Reilly tournament. It began in 1988 in memory of Gerry Reilly whose untimely death came at the age of just 16 in 1987.