Dublin players celebrate with the cup after the Electric Ireland Leinster GAA Minor Football Championship Final match between Dublin and Kildare at MW Hire O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, Laois.
Dublin players celebrate with the cup after the Electric Ireland Leinster GAA Minor Football Championship Final match between Dublin and Kildare at MW Hire O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, Laois. 

Dublin crowned Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football champions


Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Final

DUBLIN 2-10 KILDARE 0-8

By Ger McNally at MW Hire O'Moore Park

A powerful and pacy Dublin side turned the Leinster Minor Football final on its head in Portlaoise to eventually run out very deserving winners.

It had looked that the Kildare minors might follow in the footsteps of their Under 20 team and beat Dublin in a Leinster final at the same venue when they led 0-5 to 0-4 at half time despite having played into a strong wind but it was a completely different game in the second half.

Dave Reynolds introduced Charlie McMorrow and Clyde Burke at half time and the latter in particular was outstanding and was unlucky on more the one occasion not to add a goal to his two points.

After Joey Cunningham scored the opening point of the game, Dublin got to grips with the game and moved into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead.

However, Kildare wrestled control of the game in the final ten minutes before the half, outscoring Dublin by 0-4 to 0-1 with all their points coming from Killian Browne, including one excellent effort into the wind.

From the very first ball in the second half, Dublin looked a different side and they were given a major boost when speedy corner back Ryan Mitchell got in for a goal in the 34th minute.

Dublin had opportunities to really kill the game off before the midway point of the second half but they couldn’t quite shake Kildare even though Burke and Reynolds-Hand raised with flags.

With four points separating the teams Kildare had half-hearted appeals for a penalty waved away when Eoin Cully collided with Dublin goalkeeper David Leonard.

That seemed to sharpen Dublin up even further and they saw the game out with a quick burst of 1-2, their goal coming from Luke O’Boyle in the 58th minute.

It’s some revenge for Dublin after losing to Kildare in the under 20 final and the counties will now meet in the third of the trilogy of Leinster finals when the seniors do battle on Saturday week.

Scorers for Dublin: L O’Boyle 1-1, J Quigley 0-3 (2fs), P Reynolds-Hand 0-3 (2fs), R Mitchell 1-0, C Burke 0-2, C McMorrow 0-1.

Scorers for Kildare: K Browne 0-7 (5fs, 1’45), J Cunningham 0-1.

DUBLIN: David Leonard; Emmet Brady, Daniel McCarthy, Ryan Mitchell; James Brady, David Lucey, Tim Deering; Dylan Clark, Nathan Fitzgerald; Paul Reynolds-Hand, Jamie McCarville, Luke O’Boyle, Joe Quigley 0-3, Ciaran Donovan, David Mulqueen. Subs: Clyde Burke for McCarville, h/t; Charlie McMorrow for Fitzgerald, h/t; Jamie Smith for J Brady, 48; Conal Ó Riáin for Quigley, 60; Shane Mullarkey for Mulqueen, 60+2.

KILDARE: Fintan Quinn; Niall Cramer, Eoin Lawlor, Ben Ryan; Jamie McGuirk, James Harris, Joey Cunningham; Ryan Sinkey, Ryan Rainey; Eoin Cully, Ben Loakman, Cian O’Reilly; TJ Nolan, Killian Browne, Tom Kelly. Subs: Cillian Geraghty for Loakman, 42; Conor Kelly for O’Reilly, 46; DJ Percival for Nolan, 52; Evan O’Briain for Cunningham, 58; Joe Hanamy for Cully, 60.

Ref: Patrick Coyle (Meath).