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Nyhan left to sweat on fitness of key 16's trio

Dublin under-16 Ladies manager Ken Nyhan is sweating over the fitness of three key players ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final clash with Galway in Moate, 2.0.

Erica Byrne, Emily Flanagan and Rachel Douglas are all carrying knocks and are in a race against time if they want to be a part of the squad.

Nyhan's troops will need everyone fighting fit ahead of the huge test that awaits them even though he is relatively happy with how preparations have gone. However, the Dubs are hindered by the fact there is a 14 week gap between their Leinster final victory over Meath while Galway only secured the Connacht title last week.

"It's (the gap) not ideal," he admits. "It's hard to get challenge matches because a lot of teams have dispersed at this stage. We've been lucky enough to play against a few under-17 selections and they've been giving us a good test."

Galway beat Dublin the All-Ireland minor semi-final last month, and Nyhan expects nothing less than a massive challenge when the counties renew their rivalries.

"Any team that comes out of Connacht is a serious team," he said. "I've seen them once and they are a very good team.

"We are not expecting anything easy here and whoever is the best team will win on the day."


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