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Monday 5 December 2016

Dublin Cubs to progress to decider

Westmeath v Dublin

Dublin will look to build on their opening round win over Offaly when they face Westmeath in their Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Hurling Championship semi-final in Cusack Park, Mullingar later this afternoon (3.00).

The Dubs have made three changes to their starting line-up with the return from injury of Na Fianna's Donal Burke a positive in midfield while Eoghan Conroy, a veteran of Dublin's past two campaigns, improves the attack given his ball-wining prowess and scoring threat.

The St Maur's forward could prove a pivotal player against a Westmeath side that caused a minor shock when defeating Wexford on their home patch in the last eight with second half goals from Paddy Doody and Killian Doyle sealing a deserved victory for the Lake County.

Home advantage will certainly help Westmeath's chances as their opponents will field a relatively inexperienced selection with Matthew Oliver, Burke and Conroy the only players to feature regularly in last year's campaign.

Oliver's excellent long-distance free-taking may prove another positive for the visitors who look to possess the necessary confidence to book a second successive provincial final berth against either Kilkenny or Laois, albeit after a tight struggle.

Verdict: Dublin

LMHC semi-final

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