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minors in rude health

Dublin manager Johnny McGuirk has highlighted the competition for places within his panel ahead of his side's Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Hurling Championship against Kilkenny in Croke Park next Sunday afternoon (2.00).

The Dubs have advanced relatively serenely to the decider after wins over Offaly and Westmeath but Kilkenny will offer a sterner challenge to Dublin's championship ambitions in five days' time.

"The hardest thing for the management is trying to select the 24 that will be available to us for any particular match and that means there are ten players who have worked tremendously hard but will not get to tog out.

"All of the lads have put in a massive effort and the group dynamic has been very encouraging with the attitude and application of the lads all that we could ask for," said McGuirk.

With no injury concerns affecting his panel, Dublin enter the final in rude health with the former Craobh Chiaráin star hopeful of a positive outcome.

"We can't look too far ahead and we will take every game as it comes. If we get the basics right, we feel we can do ourselves justice," he said.

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