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Monday 20 November 2017

Murphy and Gannon star as Dubs impress in Wexford blitz

u14 cross provincial hurling blitz

Dublin's U14 hurlers produced a series of encouraging displays in their Cross Provincial Hurling Blitz in both Ferns and Gorey last Saturday afternoon.

The day started brightly for the Dubs as they enjoyed a comfortable 4-11 to 0-4 win over Waterford with full-back Ciaran Murphy, Lee Gannon and Seán Clerkin highly influential over the 50 minutes.

The Dubs maintained their impressive form as they enjoyed a comprehensive 3-9 to 1-4 win over Kilkenny in their second match. Central to their 11-point win were the displays of Cuala's Michael Conroy, Ian Walsh from Kilmacud Crokes and Kevin Desmond of Ballyboden St Enda's, highlighting the depth within the panel.

Dublin completed their clean sweep in their final contest as they battled hard to eventually prevail by 4-12 to 3-5 over host county Wexford.

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The middle third proved a highly beneficial area for the Dubs with Gannon's efforts complemented by the tireless contributions of James Dillon and Seán Kinsella in that pivotal sector.

Tom Aherne of Ballinteer St John's was another to show well in all three games while Enda O'Donnell from Whitehall Colmcille contributed handsomely to their successful day.

The efforts of Dublin's 'B' team were similarly encouraging despite narrowly losing their first match to Waterford by a single point. John Meagher was prominent from centre-forward while Conor Scully also showed very well with an influential display from wing-back by the St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh player.

Dublin's battling qualities were very much in evidence in their ensuing two matches as they came from behind in both clashes to register wins over both Kilkenny and Wexford.

Tom Stakelum, a member of Kilmacud Crokes' exceptional Féile winning team, was another player to contribute handsomely with some typically solid showings at wing-back.

The level of improvement in Dublin's display was reflected in their efforts of Luke McDwyer who progressed incrementally over the three games on another positive day for Dublin hurling.

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