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Minors keen to dig more gold

ANOTHER polished performance from the Minor Metros. They beat Meath to collect the Leinster Minor 'A' Championship title on Sunday afternoon, 2-14 to 0-4.

But in Kildare, despite the score line, it wasn't all Clane sailing, as manager, Conor Barry, explains.

"We had a shaky enough opening. We were a bit nervous," reflected Conor, who manages the side with Bobby McNulty, Paul O'Donovan, Mick Neville, Deirdre Colgan and Damien Prout.

"But, eventually, we settled down. Michelle Davoren's goal gave us confidence. We had the strong wind and we began to play some decent football."

Yet despite the handsome victory, Conor says the hard work is only beginning for these talented Dubs.

"We are into the All-Ireland semi-final. We play the Ulster champions. You'll be meeting serious quality there."

Dublin could well end up playing Cavan in the last four. Conor is from Cavan. "If that happens, it will make no difference whatsoever," he quips.

"Once you enter the All-Ireland series, you have to go up another level, and that is what we will be aiming for.

"We are happy enough with the progress so far. The girls have been doing well, and it was a good win on Sunday.

"We were pleased. It's always nice to win a trophy, but we are under no illusions."

Dublin had generous victories against Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford and Laois in the Group stage. Meath also brought a 100pc record into the provincial final.

"Meath came so close to beating Dublin in the Leinster Minor final last year. Dublin just managed to edge it.

"Meath would have been very determined to reverse that result on Sunday. They were up for it, big-time, but thankfully we managed to come through."

Davoren's goal helped Dublin to lead at half-time, 1-9 to 0-2. She had a brilliant match.

Leah Mullins got the second goal with a neat side-step and a tidy finish with her weaker left peg.

Ciara McGuigan was selected as the Player-of-the-Match. No better player to keep on finding the pockets.

Dublin will have a break now for the Leaving Cert. "We have ten players doing the Leaving, so it is all about keeping both eyes in the books," muses Conor. But once the pens are put down, it will be all eyes on the ball once more, and that All-Ireland semi-final.