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leinster mfl: group b
With one selection enjoying a victory over Limerick, Dublin's other team managed to secure a 2-16 to 1-9 success over Clare in their Leinster Minor Football League opener at Belfield last Saturday afternoon.
The Dubs enjoyed a three-point interval lead, 0-7 to 0-4, but with their opponents reduced to 14 men at the end of the first quarter following a straight red card, Dublin took full advantage of their numerical superiority to pull clear in the second-half.
"Things went well for us and we'd be happy with how the lads played," said Dublin manager Paddy Christie.
"Clare were a decent team and the game was quite tight initially but once they lost a player, we were able to create more chances and the forward line moved well, especially in the second-half.
"You can learn a fair bit from these type of games against other counties and I thought that there were signs of us showing our true form as the game progressed," said Christie.
With quite a number of his club-men involved in the extended Dublin panel, the former Dublin full-back was delighted with the influence that Glen Doyle exerted throughout.
The full-forward was a handful for the Banner defence in terms of both creating and accruing scores and the experience of been involved in the set-up last year can only help his progression.
If Doyle was the pivotal player in the forward line, Raheny's Brian Howard was equally influential at the heart of the Dublin defence.
The versatile Howard lined-up at centre-half back and an awful lot of what Dublin produced was through the intelligent and mature promptings of a player who collected a Leinster Minor Football Championship medal in 2014.
Dublin also benefited from a solid platform provided at centrefield by their midfield pairing Aaron Elliott and newcomer Oisín Kelly.
Elliott's pace and eye for a score augmented the powerful Kelly, who showed few ill effects from his exertions on Saturday afternoon when delivering a massively influential display for his club Thomas Davis in their MFL Division 2 match with Ballinteer St John's the following morning.
Dublin's second match in this group will take place this coming Saturday against a highly rated Kildare in DCU (2.30). The Lilywhites outclassed Louth 4-11 to 1-9 in their opening game.