Katie McCabe FA Cup Final Piece: The Tallaght Echo – December 2 2021

McCabe and Gunners one step away from FA Cup glory

FRESH from helping her country achieve a record-breaking victory over Georgia at Tallaght Stadium this week, Kilnamanagh’s Katie McCabe will be aiming to add another piece of silverware to her already glittering club roll of honour in Wembley on Sunday.

Playing a true captain’s role, McCabe grabbed a brace of goals as the Republic of Ireland women’s national team recorded an astonishing 11-0 win (the biggest in their 48-year history as an international side) at the expense of Georgia in Group A of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

She will not, however, have much time to relish that achievement as her club Arsenal are set to do battle with Chelsea in the FA Cup Final at the home of English football this coming weekend.

This is the competition’s showpiece decider for the 2020/21 season, which had been delayed for several months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gunners got their campaign underway with comprehensive triumphs over Gillingham and Crystal Palace in April and May respectively, before subsequently overcoming Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion after the resumption of competitive action in September.

It is expected to be a major step-up for Arsenal on Sunday given Chelsea won the Women’s Super League last season and reached the final of the Champions League, but Jonas Eidevall’s charges will attack the game with all their might.

To date in 2021/22, McCabe has made 18 appearances (16 starts) and scored a total of four goals.

A three-time FAI Women’s Cup winner with Raheny United in the past, the Ireland skipper previously won this competition with Arsenal in 2016 – albeit as an extended squad member.

She did appear as a late substitute in their final defeat to Chelsea two years later and will be hoping to go one step further in their latest Wembley showdown.

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Piece On Vinny Perth Leaving Dundalk: The Tallaght Echo (Online) – December 1 2021

Perth parts ways with Dundalk

TALLAGHT native Vinny Perth has departed his role as head coach of Dundalk FC for a second time.

After initially being relieved of his duties in August 2020, Perth returned to the Lilywhites in June of this year.

At the time of his reappointment, the Co Louth outfit occupied eighth place in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division and were in real danger of being dragged into the relegation battle.

While there were some difficult results along the way, Perth guided Dundalk to nine wins and four draws from 21 league games in charge during his second tenure.

This ensured that they finished sixth overall and although they failed to achieve European qualification for the first time since 2012, his eventual successor can at least prepare for top-flight football at Oriel Park in 2022.

Though it is yet to be officially confirmed, it seems likely that their former captain Stephen O’Donnell – who guided St Patrick’s Athletic to the FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium last Sunday – will be the one to assume the hot seat.

Having ended his playing career at the club, Perth returned to Dundalk as an assistant to his former Longford Town manager Stephen Kenny in 2013.

After his fellow Tallaght man took over the Republic of Ireland Under 21s in the winter of 2018, Perth was handed the reins at Oriel Park.

In a successful first year at the helm, he secured the Premier Division, the EA Sports Cup, the FAI President’s Cup and the Unite The Union Champions Cup while just missing out on the FAI Cup.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier Group A: Republic Of Ireland V Georgia – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – November 30 2021

Goals galore as Ireland hammer Georgia in Tallaght Stadium

Kilnamanagh’s Katie McCabe bagged a brace of goals in Tallaght Stadium as the Republic of Ireland women’s national team registered a record 11-0 triumph over Georgia in a Group A World Cup qualifier.

Following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Slovakia at the same venue five days earlier, Vera Pauw’s side simply had to win in order to keep their campaign on the right track. They managed this with considerable aplomb and thanks to a victory for Sweden at the expense of Slovakia, the girls in green find themselves sitting second in the table.

Aside from the excellent McCabe – named as Player of the Match for the second game running – ex-Peamount United star Denise O’Sullivan helped herself to a magnificent hat-trick. Amber Barrett (another former member of the Newcastle club) also shook the net to supplement additional strikes by Kyra Carusa, Lucy Quinn and Saoirse Noonan.

There were also a couple of own goals on a night when Ireland surpassed their previous 9-0 wins against Malta (2003) and Montenegro (2016).

Just four minutes were gone on the clock when Maiko Bebia inadvertently headed a McCabe cross past Georgian netminder Teona Sukhashvili.

It seemed like only a matter of time before the group’s basement side conceded again and the San Diego-born Carusa was on hand to nod home after Louise Quinn got her head to a McCabe corner from the right.

Ireland continued to pile the pressure on and Lucy Quinn got in on the scoring act after McCabe and O’Sullivan had linked up to devastating effect in the 37th-minute.

O’Sullivan was to inflict additional damage on the Georgian goal, with her smooth finish off a Ruesha Littlejohn pull-back propelling them into a 4-0 interval cushion.

The hosts were in no mood to drop off on the resumption and courtesy of clinical goals either side of the hour mark, O’Sullivan ensured she came away with the match ball. Georgia’s woes were further compounded on the stroke of 70 minutes when Bebia was dismissed on a second yellow card for handling a Niamh Fahey shot.

McCabe ruthlessly dispatched the resulting penalty to the Georgian net and doubled her tally with a bullet strike into the bottom right-hand corner just three minutes later.

Like Carusa in the opening period, Noonan broke her international duck by bundling home a McCabe corner nine minutes from time. This equalled their previous winning record, but it was smashed in some style by Barrett from a tight angle moments later.

There was enough time for Ireland to claim an astonishing 11th goal – Megan Connolly’s free-kick was flicked home by a Georgian player – and they can now push forward into 2022 with considerable optimism.

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FIBA EuroBasket 2025 Pre-Qualifier Group A: Ireland V Austria – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – November 29 2021

Ireland men’s basketball side fall short to Austria in Tallaght

There was disappointment for the Ireland senior men’s basketball team at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Sunday as they suffered a 97-70 reversal at the hands of Austria in their second game of Group A in the FIBA EuroBasket 2025 pre-qualifiers.

Following their 81-73 defeat of Cyprus in Nicosia on Thursday, this was always expected to be a step up in quality for the Irish. The Austrians are ranked 61st in the world – all of 46 places above Ireland – and showcased their class throughout the contest.

Nevertheless, Ireland did have some encouraging spells and with one point separating them from Austria at the summit, they remain in the mix for progression to the next phase of the qualification process.

Next up for them will be an away trip to Switzerland on 24 February, followed by a return to Tallaght against Cyprus three days later.

In addition to head coach Mark Keenan and assistant coach Lawrence ‘Puff’ Summers, Griffith College Templeogue are represented in this Irish set-up by Lorcan Murphy and Stephen James.

Kingswood native Sean Flood – who, coincidentally, plays his club basketball in Cyprus with Omonia Nicosia – also featured and was one of Ireland’s brightest performers on the night.

As well as accumulating 12 points, he also clocked in with four rebounds, four assists and two steals. John Carroll was the home team’s scorer-in-chief with 23 points, while Taiwo Badmus chipped in with 21 points.

The latter had edged Ireland ahead inside the opening 30 seconds and while the visitors inevitably settled, a superb slam dunk from Murphy ensured Keenan’s charges remained in touch. Yet despite the best efforts of Carroll, the Irish trailed 28-13 at the end of the first quarter.

It was beginning to look ominous for the hosts but, building on the character shown in their recent triumph at the European Championship for Small Countries, they roared back into the reckoning.

With Carroll and Flood coming to the fore in a big way, Ireland were just two points adrift (43-41) at half-time having briefly reduced their deficit to the bare minimum.

While this set up a tantalising second half, Austria subsequently flexed their muscles. Thanks to some eye-catching efforts courtesy of Thomas Klepeisz and Bogic Vujosevic, they were 73-50 to the good in advance of the closing quarter.

A brace of three-pointers from the excellent Badmus gave Ireland some hope as did a similar contribution by Jordan Blount. Still, Austria were able to pick off scores at regular intervals and eased their way to victory in the end.

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FAI Cup Final: St Patrick’s Athletic V Bohemians – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – November 28 2021

Benson strikes gold for St Pat’s in tense Cup final win over Bohemians

Robbie Benson etched his name in St Patrick’s Athletic folklore by striking the decisive penalty in a 4-3 shootout victory for the Inchicore men at the expense of Bohemians in a nerve-wracking FAI Cup decider at the Aviva Stadium this evening.

A winner of this competition with Dundalk in 2018, the Westmeath native showed nerves of steel to fire past Bohs netminder James Talbot and ensure an outcome was finally determined following 120 plus minutes of drama in the Ballsbridge venue.

This ends a seven-year wait for Pat’s to claim a fourth Cup crown and sees them lifting competitive silverware for the first time since 2016.

Having held off the claims of Shane Griffin – a Cup winner with Cork City in 2017 – to start the game at left-back, Ballyfermot’s Ian Bermingham had the honour of lifting the trophy.

Alongside goal-scorer Chris Forrester, he is a survivor from the Pat’s team that defeated Derry City in the 2014 final.

There was some local interest in the Bohs side as well, with Lucan native Ciarán Kelly named at the heart of the Gypsies defence.

He was one of three former Pat’s men selected in their match day squad, the others being star striker Georgie Kelly and substitute Rory Feely – both of whom were at the Inchicore club as recently as last season.

The Saints had the best chance of the opening period on 36 minutes, when Jamie Lennon linked up superbly with Benson and forced a brilliant save out of Talbot.

Though the tie remained scoreless at the interval, there was enough evidence in the first half to suggest that a breakthrough goal could arrive sooner rather than later.

A troublesome calf injury led to Georgie Kelly’s withdrawal in the 61st-minute and when his namesake Ciarán pulled up during the final-quarter, Feely was thrust into the action.

The tension around the Aviva increased as the full-time whistle approached, but for the sixth time in just seven years, extra-time was required on the biggest day in Irish soccer’s domestic calendar.

The deadlock looked set to remain unbroken at the end of the first additional period, until Forrester weaved through the heart of the Bohs defence and unleashed an unstoppable effort beyond the reach of Talbot.

This put the Saints within touching distance of a memorable triumph, but Feely came back to haunt his former side when he headed past Saints custodian Vítězslav Jaroš off a Keith Ward corner in the 107th-minute.

This was the Kildare man’s first goal for the Gypsies and it took a goal-line clearance from Jak Hickman to deny him a game-clinching second.

This set-up a battle of wits from 12 yards and Bohs appeared to hold the upper hand when Forrester had his penalty saved. However, a lifeline arrived in the form of Tyreke Wilson’s wayward strike.

Ronan Coughlan and Billy King had already rattled the net and with Jason McClelland and Benson doing likewise either side of Keith Ward hammering the crossbar, the St Pat’s faithful were able to celebrate a return to the promised land.

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United Rugby Championship Preview: Leinster V Ulster – The Irish Examiner – November 27 2021

Leo Cullen offers ringing endorsement for Ross Byrne ahead of Ulster clash

Whereas the elder of the Byrne siblings watched on from a distance as Ireland enjoyed an unbeaten march through the Autumn Nations Series, Harry picked up his second senior cap

His younger brother Harry may have moved ahead of him in the international pecking order, but Leinster head coach Leo Cullen continues to have full trust in Ross Byrne’s ability to steer his side at out-half.

Whereas the elder of the Byrne siblings watched on from a distance as Ireland enjoyed an unbeaten march through the Autumn Nations Series, Harry picked up his second senior cap in last Sunday’s 53-7 victory over Argentina in the Aviva Stadium.

Yet, in addition to his strong performance against Glasgow Warriors in their most recent competitive outing on October 22, Ross’ ubiquitous presence at Leinster training over the past few weeks sees him getting the nod to start this evening’s top-of-the-table United Rugby Championship clash with Ulster at the RDS (kick-off 8pm).

“Ross has been with us the whole way through. I don’t know if he’s close or far [to an Ireland call-up], but in our eyes he’s a hugely important player for us. I thought he was excellent in our last game against Glasgow. Whereas with Harry it’s more challenging. Obviously, with the Test on Sunday, he has come back late in here,” Cullen explained.

“We don’t have any preconceived plans going in, in terms of minutes tomorrow for anyone on the bench in particular. We’ll see how the game unfolds, but hopefully Ross goes well.”

Although Robbie Henshaw and Tadhg Furlong make swift returns, the remainder of Leinster’s frontline international stars will be marked absent for Ulster’s visit to Ballsbridge.

Johnny Sexton, James Ryan and Jack Conan are on the treatment table, but a number of their Ireland contingent are expected to resume provincial duty against Connacht next Saturday. While Cullen will welcome them back with open arms, he has the utmost confidence in those who will be crossing the white line this evening.

“We’ve got a group that are ready to go now. We’ve a group that are resting and recovering as well, off the back of what has gone on in November. The focus on the group has been good this week and they’re looking forward to playing,” Cullen said.

“The motivation is strong for a number of guys that were very unlucky to not be involved during the November series and there’s probably players in some of the other provinces who could have the same type of feeling. There’s a bit of a mix, but there’s plenty at stake now.”

Amongst those hoping to make a statement tonight from a Leinster point of view will be Ciarán Frawley and Jordan Larmour — named at inside centre and left-wing respectively.

There is also set to be a welcome return off the bench for Will Connors, who had been sidelined since March with a knee injury that ultimately required surgery.

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All-Ireland League Feature: Cian Bohane (UCC) – The Irish Examiner (Online) – November 26 2021

AIL: UCC looking to bring the physicality when leaders Clontarf visit Mardyke

Following five successive defeats, the Cork students outbattled Ballynahinch to win 10-6 away last Saturday

While eight places and 18 points currently separate them in Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A, UCC assistant coach Cian Bohane is confident a big performance is coming against leaders Clontarf at the Mardyke (Saturday, 2.30pm).

Following five successive defeats, the Cork students outbattled Ballynahinch to win 10-6 away last Saturday. Although that could prove to be a big victory in the context of their season, Bohane is not solely focused on the outcome of their games.

“To be honest, the result – I know it’s a bit of a cliche – it’s secondary,” he explained. “We just want to focus on them performing well. Enjoying themselves while they’re performing and, like last weekend, the result will take care of itself then.

“For us this weekend, it’s very much just going to be about bringing as much physicality as we possibly can to the game.

“I’d be confident that, if we can focus on performance and winning every battle that we’re involved in, when it comes to 80 minutes we could get a result against them.”

After coming on for a one-minute cameo in UCC’s defeat to Garryowen last month as an emergency measure, Bohane’s AIL playing days are effectively at an end.

The presence of some promising youngsters within their back-line – as well as Munster talent like Alex Kendellen and John Hodnett in the pack – means the 30-year-old can concentrate on working with head coach Neil Lucey.

“For me, it was a really, really easy decision to step away from playing this year with the quality of players that we’ve brought in. We’ve really, really high-quality backs after being brought into the club and coming through.

“There was no need for me to continue playing on. I definitely have enough on my plate to be worrying about than putting myself together on a Monday and Tuesday for an AIL game.”

After calling time on his professional career in 2017 with nine Munster senior appearances to his name, Bohane returned to UCC as a full-time student and recently graduated from the college with a Bachelor of Education degree in PE and History.

Earlier this month, UCC’s Sports Studies and Physical Education department unveiled him as the inaugural winner of their Eamonn Ryan Role Model Award, named after the legendary Cork Ladies football manager who passed away in January of this year.

“It was an emotional award to be given,” admitted Bohane. “Eamonn obviously passed away not so long ago and he would have lectured us at a stage during the course.

“To be provided with an award that is related to him was truly an honour. It was one of the awards that I’ll hold dearly.

“I think just living life in a way where you’re just trying to help anybody that you can, always trying to do the right thing, keeping your powder dry. If that’s what makes a role model then there’s plenty of role models out there.”

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Group A Qualifier: Republic Of Ireland V Slovakia – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – November 25 2021

McCabe finish secures a point for Slovakia in Tallaght

KILNAMANAGH’S Katie McCabe came to the rescue of the Republic of Ireland women’s national team at the Tallaght Stadium this evening as her crisp 65th-minute goal earned the girls in green a 1-1 draw with Slovakia in Group A of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Following their recent impressive triumph over Finland in Helsinki, Ireland were in danger of losing significant ground in the quest to secure a top-two finish when Martina Surnovska rattled their net early in the second half.

While it will ultimately be viewed as two points dropped by Vera Pauw’s charges, McCabe’s intervention could yet prove pivotal come the end of the campaign.

This result keeps Ireland in fourth place, albeit with a game in hand on the three teams ahead of them – Sweden, Finland and Slovakia.

For the visit of the Slovaks to Whitestown Way, McCabe was once again captaining the side from left-wing back.

Hoping to leave behind her disappointment at not claiming the Women’s National League for a third season in succession, Peamount United skipper Aine O’Gorman was selected on the far flank.

Former Peas players Louise Quinn, Denise O’Sullivan and Heather Payne were also named in the starting line-up, while there was another brace of ex-United stars on the bench in the shape of Amber Barrett and Lucan’s Niamh Farrelly.

Although a cross into the box from McCabe on the stroke of 10 minutes just evaded Lucy Quinn, chances were few and far between for either side during the early moments.

An O’Gorman delivery just past the half-hour mark was met by the head of the Birmingham City attacker, though Slovak netminder Mária Korenčiová was equal to her effort in the end.

The visitors were beginning to grow into the game themselves and Dominika Škorvánková forced a fine stop out of Courtney Brosnan at a tight angle on 36 minutes.

The hosts were becoming more threatening the closer it came to the interval, but the deadlock ultimately remained unbroken.

It was hoped that Ireland might be able to build on an encouraging end to the opening period, but it was Slovakia instead who stormed out of the blocks on the resumption.

 Picked out in space on the right-wing, Ludmila Matavkova unleashed a cross towards the far post that was turned home by Surnovska.

This suddenly threw down the gauntlet to the Republic but, thanks in no small part to the increasing influence of player of the match McCabe, they eventually cancelled out the Slovakian lead.

O’Sullivan grabbed Ireland’s winner against Finland in Helsinki last month, but turned provider for her side’s equaliser as she released Arsenal star McCabe for a smooth left-footed strike into the bottom right-hand corner.

Ireland couldn’t quite develop sustained momentum from this point onwards, but with Louise Quinn coming to their aid with a goal-line clearance 15 minutes from time, they couldn’t really argue with a sharing of the spoils.

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Shamrock Rovers Title-Winning Piece: Alan Mannus – The Tallaght Echo – November 25 2021

“It’s always the biggest goal of the year”

Evergreen Mannus delighted to help Hoops to yet another Premier Division crown

By Daire Walsh

IT MAY be the ninth league title success of his extraordinary career to date, but Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Alan Mannus was nonetheless thrilled to help the Tallaght men towards yet another SSE Airtricity League Premier Division triumph in 2021.

After helping Linfield to finish on top of the Irish Premier League ladder on no fewer than five occasions, Mannus first made the switch to Rovers in August 2009.

He went on to win back-to-back top-flight crowns with the Hoops (albeit he left for Scottish club St Johnstone before the 2011 season had ended) and has now done the same in his second stint in Tallaght.

“It means everything,” insisted Mannus. “In terms of what we set out at the start of the season, the main aim was always to win the league. It’s always the biggest goal of the year. That’s what you set out to do. I’m obviously delighted that we were able to do it again.”

The last line of defence in a team that finished 16 points clear of nearest challengers St Patrick’s Athletic, Mannus is also the Hoops’ elder statesman at 39 years of age. In fact, he is more than two years older than his manager Stephen Bradley, who was still in his 20s when he brought his own playing career to an end.

While the former Northern Ireland international has committed to another year with Rovers, he admitted the 2022 season could be his last as a professional footballer.

“I’m staying on for another year, which I’m delighted to do and looking forward to doing. I’ve said to the manager more than likely it will be my last.  Probably 99% that will be it. Never say never, but when you come to this age, you know when you’re coming to the end of your career and when you’ve a few years left.

“You don’t know what will happen in life and football, but I don’t think I will play after next year. I’ll be happy to do another year and be 40 when I’m doing it and still hopefully playing at that point. I want it to be a good year as well.”

Given it will almost definitely be his swan song as a player, Mannus is hopeful of ending next year on a high. Having secured those back-to-back crowns under Michael O’Neill in 2010 and 2011, it wasn’t until the truncated campaign of 2020 that Rovers got their hands on the Premier Division trophy again.

Completing the three in-a-row in any league is difficult and while Dundalk managed that feat under Stephen Kenny in recent times (2014-16), the Hoops haven’t done so since recording four league triumphs on the bounce from 1984 to 1987.

However, now that the club is becoming re-accustomed with success, Mannus believes it can be a farewell to remember.

“That would be nice. As I say, the aim is always to win the league, then try and do well in Europe and try to do well in the Cup. I’d like to finish on a high obviously. It would be nice for me personally, but also nice to do it for the club and everyone who supported me over the last few years and obviously 10 years ago as well,” Mannus added.

“They gave me a lot of support, so I’d like to contribute as much as possible to success again. There’s so many reasons why we want to do well obviously. It’s not just about it being probably my last year, but it’s the demand of the club regardless if it is someone’s last year. I’m well aware of that.”

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Dublin Senior One Football Championship Final: Kilmacud Crokes V St Jude’s – The Tallaght Echo – November 25 2021

Jude’s again fall short of the promised land

By Daire Walsh

THEY were so close to reaching the promised land at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon, but for St Jude’s, the quest to secure a maiden Dublin Senior Football Championship crown will continue into 2022.

Thanks to Callum Pearson’s point deep into second half stoppage-time, the Templeogue side were ultimately denied by Kilmacud Crokes in a low-scoring showpiece affair (1-7 to 1-6) in Donnycarney last weekend.

It had been a monumental effort from Jude’s on the day, with Gareth Roche’s charges in the ascendancy for large stretches of the contest. Crokes were able to call upon considerable quality throughout the field, but struggled to make an attacking impact for much of the game.

With all of 37 minutes gone on the clock, Robbie Brennan’s men had just a single point to their name. It wasn’t until the 42nd minute that their third point of the game arrived and – remarkably – Paul Mannion was their only starting outfield player to get his name on the scoresheet.

Still, it is not all about the 15 that take up their positions for the throw-in at the beginning of a game and the Kilmacud substitutes came up trumps for Brennan in the end.

Adding to Cian O’Connor’s 51st-minute goal, Aidan Jones and Pearson fired over injury-time points to turn a potential one-point reversal into a single score win.

David Mannix and Brian Coakley had helped see Jude’s back up and running after O’Connor had edged Crokes in front for the very first time, but the Glenalbyn outfit were building momentum and eventually came away with the spoils.

As disappointing as this defeat was, however, St Jude’s nonetheless have considerable cause for optimism as they push forward into 2022.

This was their second final appearance in the space of four years – Crokes also having conquered their fellow southsiders in 2018.

Given they had only competed in one previous decider (2009) up to that point, this in itself represents significant progress.

They have been challenging at the business end of the top-tier championship for quite a while now and are expected to do so again in the coming years.

Although Dublin senior panellists Kevin McManamon and Tom Lahiff are perhaps the most notable names in their side, a couple of long-standing stalwarts did their bit for the cause on Sunday.

Netminder Paul Copeland produced an excellent save from Dara Mullin early on and midfielder Colm Murphy displayed exceptional aerial ability throughout the course of the action.

It took all of 23 minutes for a breakthrough score in this game, but Alan Connolly’s well-taken goal ensured Jude’s led 1-1 to 0-1 at the end of an unexpectedly cautious opening period.

It looked set to be their day when Mannix (two) and Connolly extended their cushion on the resumption, but with Mannion showing true leadership, Crokes remained in contention.

The prospect of extra-time was looming large when Coakley and Jones traded scores late on, but Pearson split the uprights from an awkward angle to leave St Jude’s agonisingly short.

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