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Minors score morale-boosting victory in Waterford

Dublin's minor hurlers recorded a morale-boosting victory over Waterford, when beating an experimental home selection by 2-21 to 3-16 at Walsh Park last Friday evening.

Admittedly, the hosts only started nine players that began in their Munster MHC victory over Clare, but there were encouraging signs from a Dublin perspective, a fact acknowledged by team manager Pat Fanning (pictured).

"I think we are building up a nice bit of momentum at the minute and psychologically it was important for us to beat what is considered as a strong Waterford team, given we've been on the wrong end of some tight games against the stronger teams this year," said Fanning.

The Na Fianna club man will have been boosted by the continued rehabilitation from injury of both Shane Barrett and Chris Bennett, with the former coping well at centre-back for 45 minutes, while Bennett impressed in a second-half cameo.

Another player to show well after injury was Rónán Ó Broin who lasted 40 minutes and Fanning would also have been pleased with the contribution of wing-forward Seán Ryan, who excelled throughout for the Dubs.

Despite the high score conceded, the Dublin full-back line of John Bellew, Mark Kavanagh and Jake Malone all impressed individually with Malone's Cuala club-mate Con O'Callaghan scoring a superb solo goal in a lively showing from the dual player.

Eoin Conroy's development continued with a couple of fine scores in the first half while Seán Treacy and Eoghan McHugh also chipped in with a number of scores as the contest evolved.

Dublin's second goal was provided by goalkeeper Jonathan Treacy from a 20-metre free, with the Dubs continuing their preparations for their Leinster MHC semi-final against Kilkenny with a challenge match against Cork on Saturday week.