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Thursday 8 December 2016

NO ROOM FOR ANY SLIP-UP

Dublin will hope to clinch a semi-final berth when they face Wexford in their Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship quarter-final at Innovate Wexford Park next Saturday afternoon (3.00).

The Dubs will enter the tie as warm favourites after defeating Offaly in the first round last month but manager Paddy Christie concedes that his side will need to improve if Dublin's provincial campaign is to be prolonged.

""We didn't really click into gear in the first-half against Offaly but I said at the time that I thought Offaly were a decent team," said Christie.

"That has proved the case where they went on to beat Westmeath before being very unlucky to lose to Kildare last week.

"Everything is relative at this level and we appreciate that Leinster is a very competitive province.

"Certainly, we expect a similarly tough match against Wexford at the weekend," he added.

With Dublin suffering a raft of injuries to key personnel and with no back-door to comfort them, the old adage of result over performance was never more apt to Christie.

"It's really like an All-Ireland for us on Saturday and it we can manage to squeeze through by a point, then everyone involved with the team would be delighted," he said.

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