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Sunday 11 December 2016

Boylan's August warning for Dubs

SEÁN BOYLAN believes Dublin footballers could be vulnerable to another August ambush.

The iconic ex-Meath boss has warned that another potential Leinster cruise could count against the three-in-a-row league champions - even though he reckons his native Royals possess "a lot of potential" and could rattle the Dubs before then.

According to Boylan, Dublin are "there or thereabouts" but "not the finished article". He expanded: "They have an incredible work ethic, there doesn't seem to be an ego among them, but it is just so hard to keep the consistency of what they are doing.

"Human nature being what it is, they might just be caught and if they're not going to get good matches in Leinster, that's going to be difficult for them."

Galway blow

GALWAY'S Leinster SHC ambitions have been dealt a major blow with confirmation that Conor Cooney will miss all of their provincial campaign - starting with a quarter-final showdown with Dublin at the end of this month.

Galway's only All Star nominee from 2014 has suffered a recurrence of the foot injury which has plagued him for months.

"We need to monitor it and it all depends on how quickly it heals, but we are probably looking at July at this stage," said manager Anthony Cunningham.

Bite allegation

THE Leinster Council probe into Wednesday's minor football fracas involving players and fans from Offaly and Kildare may also have to deal with an alleged biting incident.

It has emerged that one player subsequently alleged via social media that he was bitten in the row, accompanied by a photograph, but later removed the tweet.

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