Dessie Farrell’s Dublin minor footballers booked their place in the All Ireland semi-finals,with an easy eight point victory over a disappointing Cork outfit in Portlaoise on Monday afternoon.
The Dubs were in front after only 27 seconds when Paul Mannion fired to the net and it was all one way traffic for the remainder of the first half. Ciaran Kilkenny got the blues second score a minute later and that was followed by efforts from Gavan Ivory and Kilkenny again. Midway through the half, the Dubs led by 1-03 to 0-00 and things were not looking good for the rebels. Kilkenny added his third point and David Campbell also got in on the act as things went from bad to worse for the young Cork side. Two further scores from the Leinster side left it 1-08 to 0-00 at the interval.
Cork’s best player, Dan McEoin netted an early second half goal but the comeback failed to materialize and in truth,the second period was a tame affair. McEoin added a Cork point but that was quickly cancelled out by a fourth Ciaran Kilkenny point and Paul Mannion added another. Kilkenny scored his fifth soon after and while McEoin tried hard and scored two late consolation points for Cork it was never going to make much difference.
Dublin looked very strong throughout the field and will prove formidable opponents for the sides remaining in this years minor championship. In Ciaran Kilkenny they have an excellent forward and he is able assisted by Paul Mannion and Gavan Ivory.
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