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Minors can send Dubs fans over the moon

ON the way out of Croke Park a frustrated Donegal fan was resorting to the usual slagging about Dublin supporters being fair-weather blow-ins.

Anyway, we blew into our first minor hurling final since 1983 on Sunday and that represents another significant step in the growth of the game in the capital over the past 10 years.

Up against Galway in the final, the proven masters at this grade in the modern era, manager and former Dublin captain Shay Boland won't be taking anything for granted as Dublin bid to win the title for the first time in 46 years.

Incidentally, the minor hurling team that defeated Limerick in that 1965 final included Leslie Deegan from St Vincent's, who went on to score one of the most important points in the history of Dublin football -- a last-minute score in the 1974 Leinster senior final against Offaly, from which Dublin kicked on to win three All-Irelands in the 1970s.

With my own blinkers on, I'd like to wish the Dublin outfit the very best of luck -- in particular the four dual players who are a credit to both management teams this year.

Man hadn't landed on the moon the last time we won the minor hurling title, but there'll be a few men over it on Sunday if we do so.

Irish Independent