Players on the Dublin u21 football panel have made the decision not to line out for their clubs this weekend in the first round of the Dublin SFC.
Having beaten Donegal with an impressive display in last Saturday’s semi-final, the Dubs are set to face Galway in the EirGrid All Ireland u21 final on Saturday week, April 29th in Tullamore with a 5 pm throw-in.
The Irish Examiner has reported that members of Dessie Farrell’s side called a team meeting on Tuesday night to discuss their preparations for their All-Ireland final. It is reported that the universal decision was taken to make themselves unavailable for their clubs this weekend.
The fact that these players were due to play a championship match with their clubs only one week before an All-Ireland final for their county was a massive talking point to come out of last weekend’s semi-final conclusions, since the triumph over their Ulster counterparts.
This decision can’t have been easy for the young players to come to, especially considering the fact that the senior club championship games this weekend are straight knockout.
Although it is certainly a bold call, they are doing so with their eyes firmly on the prize of an All-Ireland title, an opportunity that may not come around for some of these players again. They would have hoped that the club games be put back until a week after their clash with the Tribesmen, but this does not look likely to be the case.
21 players featured for Dublin in their semi-final victory over Donegal with ten clubs being represented. All of those ten clubs – Ballymun Kickhams, Cuala, Ballyboden, Skerries Harp, Kilmacud Crokes, Na Fianna, Lucan Sarsfields, Raheny, Clontarf and Thomas Davis – are set to play off their first round championship games this weekend and as it stands, will be doing so without their county under 21s.
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