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Sunday 20 August 2017

Dublin still in the frame for Top Four spot

DUBLIN run out in Parnell Park next Sunday. Game six of the Tesco Homegrown National Football League.

Three points in the bank will keep them in the race for a semi-final spot.

Dublin have seven points, gained from two wins against Monaghan and Laois, and a draw against Galway.

It's a different picture to last season when the Jackies reached the League final unbeaten.

They lost to Cork in a thriller in Parnell Park.

This is their first return to the Donnycarney venue since that May day, and the Dublin manager, Gregory McGonigle, is hoping for a decent crowd to cheer on the Blues.

Before a ball was thrown in this term, Gregory predicted that there could be a few bumps in the road as Dublin were intent to give a cluster of young players experience at this level.

Several of them have come in and done well. They have made their mark for the bigger picture of the Championship.

But if a Division 1 League semi-final place beckons, Dublin would be delighted to take it.

Right now, Monaghan, Cork, Galway, Kerry and Mayo are ahead of them in the queue. Dublin conclude their programme away to Cork.

But, as Gregory says, this week is all about Dublin producing their Sunday Best.

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