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Sunday 4 December 2016

Dashing Dubs display class in Royal Rush

DEEP in Boylan country. Dunboyne. No sign of the great man. He would have been impressed with the young Dubs.

It was their first defence of the Aisling McGing All-Ireland U21 Championship.

Dublin passed the test with first-class honours - 7-10 to 0-5. It was a repeat of last year's final where the Blues were also buzzing.

On Sunday afternoon, Meath found it hard to curb Dublin's power and panache. And vast experience.

As Con Houlihan would say, the writing was on the turf inside eight minutes. Three goals in the bank for the visitors.

The first of them from Niamh Rickard, the second an O.G, and the third from the penalty spot from captain Carla Rowe.

Sarah McCaffrey and Molly Lamb were winning a harvest of possession at midfield.

It was McCaffrey who scored the fourth goal before the break. 4-3 to 0-2 at the oranges.

Rowe converted her second spot-kick after the interval. Last season's skipper Siobhan Woods got number six, while the seventh came from Ciara McGuigan.

Meath battled bravely. Kate Byrne and Shauna Ennis struck tidy points. Next Sunday, the Dublin 21's travel to Galway, who lost heavily to Cork.

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