Monday 24 October 2016

Dublin begin defence of the U21 crown

DUBLIN set sail in the U21 Aisling McGing Championship on Sunday.

The competition honours the memory of the talented young Mayo footballer.

It began in 2007. Dublin were runners-up in its first three years . . . to Cork.

The Dubs won it in 2010, 2012 and last June against Meath.

It's the ideal bridge between minor and adult football.

Following Sunday's date away to Meath, they'll journey to Galway on May 31 before hosting Cork on June 7.

Dublin enjoyed a commanding campaign last summer.

It concluded with a most convincing win in the final at Clane. It was a blue-letter day for Nicole Owens. The St Sylvester's starlet scored a hat-trick of goals.

Siobhan Woods captained the side, which had the accomplished midfield duo, Molly Lamb and Sarah McCaffrey.

Dublin's full-back line didn't give away a sausage - Olwen Carey, Lucy Collins and Leah Caffrey.

Deirdre Murphy excelled.

Several of the 21's helped the Jackies reach the All-Ireland senior final. And almost win it. The Dubs will now be looking for more young recruits to make an impact ahead of the All-Ireland Senior Championship.

And there's likely to be quite a few putting up their hand.

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