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Boss Gavin blood kids in 'Game for Anto'

Despite losing by 2-18 to 1-19 in a unseasonally competitive game in Ulster Rugby's Kingspan Stadium (formerly Ravenhill) on Saturday night, Jim Gavin declared the evening worthwhile.

Facing a star-packed Ulster All Stars selection in 'A Game for Anto,' a match to raise both funds for, and awareness of, motor neuron disease, Gavin praised the event's creator, Anto Finnegan.

"We spoke about Anto in our dressing-room after the game because knowing the illness that he has and to see the courage he has is inspirational."


Having gone ahead with an early Kevin McManamon goal, Dublin eventually went down by two points but Gavin also used the match to give a raft of youngsters their first taste of Dublin seniordom.

Speaking to the Herald prior to the match, Gavin explained he would include "players who we want to invite in and get them accustomed to the senior setup and give them game time wearing a county jersey."

Raheny's Brian Fenton (pictured) started the match, as did David Byrne, the Naomh Olaf full-back and captain of the 2012 All-Ireland winning minor team, and Craig Dunleavy, one of St Oliver Plunkett's/ER's stars during this year's run to the Dublin SFC final.

Highly-rated All-Ireland Under 21 winning goalkeeper Lorcan Molloy came on for Stephen Cluxton but it was Dean Rock who arguably shone brightest on the night.