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Saturday 10 December 2016

Martin's Minor maestros are Leinster leaders

DUBLIN remain the undisputed Leinster Leaders. They won the Leinster Minor A Championship title in some style at St Peregrine's yesterday, defeating Kildare, 7-11 to 0-9.

A packed stand saw them do it. They applauded the best of skill. Including some classical fielding.

After one Dublin catch from the clouds, a voice said: "Paddy Cullen would have been proud of that." John O'Leary and Stephen Cluxton too. And Cliodhna O'Connor.

Dublin began with the breeze that blew into the score-board end. They made good use of it, leading at the break, 2-5 to 0-3.

Amy Conroy scored Dublin's first goal in the third minute. Their second arrived three minutes from the break.

It came from Emma Colgan, the darting right corner-forward. Emma hit 3-6, one pointed free. She collected the Player-of-the-Match award.

In the sunshine, Kildare enjoyed some bright moments. But it was hard to contain the pace and power of the Blues.

And three goals within two minutes early in the second period firmly put the Dubs on the road for home.

Colgan got the first of them eight minutes into the half. Conroy then drilled a shot to the roof before Shauna O'Hara's drive went in off the underside of the bar.

Ten minutes from time, Jennifer O'Dell palmed in the sixth goal, and Colgan danced in for her hat-trick in the 57th minute.

Dublin manager, Martin McDonnell, was well pleased with the display.

"It's great to get the five-in-a-row. Kildare made us work hard, especially in the first half.

"But we felt we'd be able to create a few more chances in the second half, and, thankfully, that's the way it worked out," said Martin.

The Lilywhites finished with a tidy bag of scores. And they had impressive performers in Lydia Furey, Tara Breen, Niamh Mulhall, Sarah Munnelly, Ciara Wheeler and Caoimhe O Fearghail.

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