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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Boys in Blue thrill fans on great day-out at Croker

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Dublin fans pictured after the matches: Tom Kendellen, back left, from Marino, with daughter Sarah, 5, front left. Jason McGrath, centre back, from Finglas, with his children Adam, front 2nd from left, Shane, 7, front centre, and Kelly, 11, back right, and their cousins Mya Breen, 10, front right, and her brother Sam, 7, front 2nd from right.
Dublin fans pictured after the matches: Tom Kendellen, back left, from Marino, with daughter Sarah, 5, front left. Jason McGrath, centre back, from Finglas, with his children Adam, front 2nd from left, Shane, 7, front centre, and Kelly, 11, back right, and their cousins Mya Breen, 10, front right, and her brother Sam, 7, front 2nd from right.
Dublin fans pictured after the matches: Tom Kendellen, back left, from Marino, with daughter Sarah, 5, front left. Jason McGrath, centre back, from Finglas, with his children Adam, front 2nd from left, Shane, 7, front centre, and Kelly, 11, back right, and their cousins Mya Breen, 10, front right, and her brother Sam, 7, front 2nd from right.
David O'Reilly, from Blanchardstown, with daughter Lexi, 3

THE BOYS in Blue made a great start to their Leinster Football Championships campaign by thrashing Longford in yesterday's quarter final.

But their hurler counterparts face a replay with Galway after they drew their match.

Dubs fans turned out in their droves for the thrilling double header at GAA headquarters where more than 33,000 watched the action.

"It was absolutely brilliant, a great family day out," said Blanchardstown man David O'Reilly (inset) who was there with his daughter Lexi (3).

"It's always good when the team wins - I'm a bit disappointed with the hurling but the football went very well. I think Dublin will take them in the replay," he said.

Templeogue man Evan Griffin would have liked a closer contest in football.

"It was a poor match, Dublin were too strong for Longford in all areas, but Alan Brogan did very well.

"The hurling was good; we'll be back for the replay," he said.

Others didn't mind seeing the Dubs footballers run riot.

"We didn't go to the hurling because of the rain, but the football was a great game," said Aoife Scanlon (29), who was at the match with twin sister Fiona.

"We're looking forward to the next game; we think they have a good chance of winning the whole thing. Hopefully, we'll win the replay too," she added.

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