Paul Winters Starts Corner Forward for Dublin in All Ireland Semi Final - Fri, 10 Aug 2012
Best of Luck to Paul Winters and the Dublin Minor Hurlers as they take on Clare in the All Ireland Minor Hurling Semi Final on Sunday in Croke Park.
Paul retains his place in the forwards after some superb displays this season for club and county. The game is Live on RTE 2 on Sunday afternoon. Throw in is at 1.30pm.
Dublin (MHC V Clare) - C Mac Gabhann; S Barrett, C O'Callaghan, E Lowndes; E O'Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, S Treacy, C Conway; O O'Rourke, C Boland, P Winters.
The counties are meeting in the semi-final for the second time in three years with Clare having edged out the Dubs by 0-20 to 2-13 in 2010 before suffering a narrow defeat to Kilkenny in the final. This time Dublin are favourites to progress to the All-Ireland final and make amends for their disappointing loss to Galway last year.
Shay Bolands charges retained their Leinster crown thanks to a 2-15 to 1-14 victory over Wexford in the decider. They scored 8-68 and conceded 1-49 in four games against Wexford (twice), Kilkenny and Carlow. Paul Winters has been in magnificent scoring form with 3-29 to his credit so far. Cian Boland, Oisin O'Rourke and dual stars Eric Lowndes and Cormac Costello - who remain on course for an All-Ireland minor double which narrowly eluded them last year - are other players who will take a lot of stopping.
Under the guidance of Eamonn Fennessy, who was a selector in 2010 and 2011, Clare were denied a three-in-a-row of Munster titles by Tipperary in the final, having earlier defeated a highly-rated Limerick team. The disappointment of losing their provincial crown was tempered by a very favourable All-Ireland quarter-final draw against surprise Ulster champions Down, who they duly hammered by 3-19 to 0-5 in Mullingar a fortnight ago.
Clare, of whom not a great deal was expected this year, will look to the likes of Brian Carey, Alex Morey, Niall Deasy and Shane O'Donnell in their bid to upset the odds, but Dublin are exceptionally strong and should be good enough to win through to a final meeting against either Tipperary or Galway.
Odds: Dublin 4/6, Draw 9/1, Clare 11/8
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