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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Dublin stars puts Fingal U14s to the test ahead of Kerry showdown

Fingal Ravens U14 manager Mick Foley introduces John Small, Denis Bastick and Cormac Costello Picture: Sportsfile
Fingal Ravens U14 manager Mick Foley introduces John Small, Denis Bastick and Cormac Costello Picture: Sportsfile

Dublin's football heroes took time out of their intense training schedule to survey the county's emerging GAA talent.

The boys in blue are facing a fierce challenge from their historic rivals Kerry next weekend.

But that didn't stop three of them from togging out with the U14 team from Fingal Ravens GAA Club.

Midfielder Denis Bastick, defender John Small and forward Cormac Costello were on hand to guide the 25 aspiring players at a session in St David's pitch in Artane.

The heroes spent an hour playing with the U14s, and said they spotted some growing talent among the young footballers.

Also on hand to offer advice was Dublin manager Jim Gavin.

The U14s from Fingal Ravens GAA Club were selected by Air Lingus staff for the coveted training session.

It comes just a week before the senior team attempt to see off their Kingdom rivals in the All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final on August 28.

While the all-important Sam McGuire rests in Dublin's hands until then, Jim Gavin said he was taking no chances when it came to preparations for the match

"They know and we know that there's literally a bouncing ball between us," he said.

"When you look at the strength and the depth of the squad that they have now, from the Kerry perspective, I think they've grown this year," he added.

Mr Gavin pointed out the "multiple All-Ireland winners" on Kerry's side, but stressed the team is looking forward to the test.

"This is going to be a really, really tough game, but it's a great challenge for Dublin football team," he said.

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