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Kevlihan wary of Model momentum as minors get set for crunch game

Dublin's minor footballers resume their provincial campaign when they encounter Wexford in their Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship quarter-final at Parnell Park this Saturday evening (7.0).

It has been over three weeks since the Dubs required extra-time in finally overcoming a stubborn Louth challenge and they'll require all their battling qualities against a Wexford team that has bounced back well following their opening round loss to Westmeath in April.

Successive wins over Carlow and Louth have highlighted the benefits of coming through the qualifier route and Dublin manager Cyril Kevlihan is well aware of the advantage that Wexford hold entering Saturday's encounter.

"I think having a run of games like the one that Wexford have had is an advantage to them and playing three competitive games at championship pitch is an assistance to both the players and the management.

"They put up a very good performance against Westmeath and only lost to a late goal and they have improved since then, beating what I consider is a very good Louth team," he said. Kevlihan's respect for Saturday's opponents is obvious and settling on his own starting 15, in addition to dealing with the qualities that the Model County possess makes the weekend's encounter such a fascinating clash.

"We are well aware of Wexford's tradition with schools such as St Peter's and Good Counsel competing at the highest level each year.

"Their challenge will be respected, just like with every other county in Leinster, as results have shown how competitive the provincial championship is this year.

"We have been happy enough with our own preparations since our win over Louth and the dual players have come out of Saturday's win over Offaly reasonably well and naturally they're in good spirits after that," added Kevlihan.

"Injuries are a slight concern at the minute, but our strength in depth is something that proved crucial in our win over Louth and although it provides a headache when selecting the team, it's still a nice problem to have," added the Thomas Davis clubman.

Dublin's team will be announced after training on Thursday evening.


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