Eric Lowndes of St Peregrine’s, Tom Quinn of Castleknock and Niall Walsh of St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh will represent Dublin this weekend in the All Ireland minor football championships final when the talented young side will face their most fierce inter-county rivals and neighbours, Meath.
The minors booked their place in the final after overcoming the might of Kerry, who saw off quite convincingly, 3-12 to 1-10, with both Lowndes and Walsh running out in the starting 15 for the Boys in Blue.
Lowndes’ fellow dual star, Cormac Costello, was the leading scorer on the day with 1-3, which he added to his already incredible 5-21 which he amassed in the championship so far this season.
Walsh has helped the Dublin championship effort in his appearances in the forward line with 0-8 so far in the championship run, but his game has been focused more on creating space before distributing the ball to advancing players.
Lowndes can play across any position on the field but is predominantly used in the back lines for the minors. He has enjoyed a lot of success in his early years as part of the Dublin set-up. This Saturday will mark his fourth All Ireland final, and he is likely to be included in the starting 15 for the minor hurlers replay with Tipperary, after he had a fantastic game in the backline in the original match that ended in a draw. Lowndes has already amassed four Leinster titles in his fledgling career.
For the first time, Dublin may be considered favourites for the All-Ireland title, having already beaten Meath in a dominant fashion in the Leinster minor final in July of this year.
On the sound of the final whistle there was quite a gulf between the two sides with Dublin winning by 3-17 to 1-11. Costello was clinical in front of goal, taking a hat trick and finishing up with a total of 3-4 for the day.
From there, Dublin went on to face Monaghan, who they saw off with a solid 1-16 to 0-8, in a game where Lowndes claimed two points and Niall Walsh took one of his own.
With such a fine run of form and the young Dubs scoring for fun, the side look likely to take the All Ireland honour and give their fans something to smile about after the seniors’ exit in the semi final to Mayo.
Such has been the success of the side that their manager, Dublin legend Dessie Farrell, has been made one of the leading names after Jim Gavin for the senior manager position after the resignation of All Ireland winner Pat Gilroy.