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U17 Dubs unbeaten in Connacht blitz

DUBLIN'S under-17 footballers, under the guidance of former King of the Hill Dessie Farrell, took to the field in the west on Saturday for an all-day blitz which saw them face Connacht trio Roscommon, Mayo and Galway.

It was a worthwhile exercise for the players and management as it allowed them to gain more vital experience of playing in the sky blue jersey.

Also, for the management, it was a chance to view some of the some of the talent available to them going forward as all 23 players were given significant game time.

The young Dubs were based at Pádraig Pearse's club and opened up with a tough battle against Roscommon. A cagey opening half saw Dublin lead by a point at the break, 0-4 to 0-3.

However, things opened up after the interval and a point from Kevin Kindlon began a run of five points without reply to put the Leinster side in the driving seat.

The Rossies hit back when they found the net with five minutes remaining and followed this up with a point to leave just one between them. But Jack McCaffrey, a Dublin minor this year, split the posts at the death to ensure his side held on for a 0-10 to 1-5 win.

Next up were the men from Mayo who had brought a very youthful team while they were also missing a number of key players.

Dublin, with Conor Meaney, Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion, were simply too strong for their younger opponents as they powered their way to a 4-8 to 0-1 victory.

In the final game, the Dubs met Galway. Like their opening encounter with Roscommon, this was a major test for Dublin as Galway were a well organised outfit.

The teams exchanged scores from the opening minute but three points from Meaney, Kindlon and Gavin Ivory gave the visitors a three-point lead at the turnaround.

This lead went to five soon after the restart but when Galway goaled with two minutes remaining, all the momentum seemed to be with the Tribesmen. Credit must go to Dublin however, as they dug deep and a strong defensive display meant they finished with a 100pc record on a final score of 0-12 to 1-4.