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U14 South selection edged out by Royals

DUBLIN'S Under-14 South selection enjoyed a fruitful day's work when competing in a Leinster Football blitz in Clara, Offaly last Saturday.

Despite falling at the last hurdle to near-neighbours Meath, the Dubs had enjoyed three encouraging wins over Westmeath, Wexford and Kildare en route to the final with manager Pat Burke satisfied by what he witnessed.

"It was a very well-run tournament and the third of its kind that we've played in this summer. In total, we have used 45 players and given everybody a chance to impress while everyone who played has been given equal amounts of game time," said Burke.

Dublin started off their day with a hard-fought 2-4 to 0-9 win over Westmeath with a brace of goals by Ryan Meeney ensuring an encouraging result from the outset.

Next up on the agenda were Wexford, with Emmet Allen and Ben Coffey from Lucan Sarsfields impressing in Dublin's 1-9 to 1-7 victory while Ross McGarry, who captained Ballyboden St Enda's to National Féile honours earlier in the year, was equally influential.

A third successive win arrived following a four-point success over Kildare with Cuala's Cormac Quinn and Eoin Murphy of Round Tower Clondalkin to the fore prior to Meath taking full advantage of a less arduous path, when comfortably accounting for Dublin in the final. Despite that defeat, Burke was encouraged by the performances of his panel, with the versatile James Madden from St Enda's producing a series of excellent displays following a lengthy absence through injury.

"It was all very worthwhile from both the team and a management perspective. It is great for the lads to play at this level against some top county panels and it can only help their development in the long term," he said.