Friday 21 October 2016

Christie's colts can just edge out Kildare


(Croke Park, Tom 12.0)

DUBLIN'S minor footballers will aim to reach their second successive provincial decider when they face near neighbours Kildare in their Electric Ireland Leinster MFC semi-final at Croke Park early tomorrow afternoon (12.0).

The counties have already met on two occasions so far this year with Dublin enjoying a 2-10 to 2-5 victory over the Lilies in the Leinster MFL final back in March with Kildare convincingly beating an admittedly weakened Dubs in the group stages of the same competition.

What relevance those two games will have on tomorrow's encounter is hard to gauge given that both sides have been inactive in championship fare for the past six weeks following their narrow quarter-final wins over Wexford and Laois respectively.

Dublin were fortunate enough to escape from Enniscorthy with a 3-8 to 0-11 win given that they struggled for large parts with two goals from attacking talisman Dillon Keating proving pivotal.

Keating will carry even greater responsibility given the absence of injured duo, Kevin Callaghan and Barra McGarry, from the Blues attack and the support he receives on the scoring front from Shane Howard, Paddy Small and Tom Fox will be crucial if Dublin are to record a competitive tally.

Kildare have come through the back-door after suffering a 2-14 to 2-11 defeat to Louth in the first round with one-point wins over Offaly and Laois reflecting well on their mental fortitude.

How both teams cope with the expanses of Croke Park adds another dimension to the tie with a marginal vote given to Paddy Christie's (pictured, right) Blues to prevail in a cagey, tight affair.


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