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18 for 18: Ross McGarry is the latest talented footballer to roll off the Dublin production line

He scored 5-15 in six championship games for Dublin minors this summer.

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TALENTED FOOTBALLERS JUST keep rolling off the production line in Dublin.

Ross McGarry attempts a shot on goal Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

Ross McGarry is a name you might be very familiar with in a couple of years if he continues on recent form.

The Ballyboden St Enda’s youngster was a key forward in Dublin’s Leinster minor-winning campaign this year, scoring 5-15 in six championship games this summer.

Ross McGarry scoring chart 2017
0-2 (0-1f) vs Meath, Leinster 1st round 2-2 vs Longford, Leinster quarter-final 1-2 (0-2f) vs Kildare, Leinster semi-final 0-3 vs Louth, Leinster final 2-4 (0-3f) vs Clare, All-Ireland quarter-final 0-2 vs Derry, All-Ireland semi-final

Ross McGarry Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

He bagged a vital 1-2 in the provincial last four clash against Kildare, with his goal putting a halt to the Lilywhites’ bid for a fifth successive Leinster final appearance.

His head-down hard-running style is akin to senior star Kevin McManamon, who incidentally was involved with the county minor squad in 2017.

Ross McGarry Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

McGarry is comfortable off either boot, equally dangerous on the half or full-forward lines and a fine finisher in front of goal.

His displays saw him awarded with a place on the minor team of the year and he’ll likely play a key role in Tom Gray’s Sky Blues U20s side in 2018.

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