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Slick 16s do themselves proud in defeat

Dublin's national ambitions were ended as they fell to Derry in their All-Ireland U16 'B' Championship semi-final in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan last Saturday afternoon.

The nine-point defeat failed to do justice to the efforts of the Dublin girls who battled throughout against a talented Derry outfit.

"It was another good performance by our team," said Dublin manager Kevin Kenny.

"It just wasn't quite good enough, however, against a good Derry side who deserved their win," he added.

The Dubs started brightly with centre-back Jessica Condron especially prominent but they entered the break trailing by three points.

Dublin resumed in determined fashion with goalkeeper Chloe Ní Cheallaigh and wing-forward Louise O'Shea playing superbly and they inched ahead after five minutes.

However, the concession of three goals in quick succession saw Derry home. "It was a very good campaign. We used 34 players in total and we're proud of all of them," said Kenny.