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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dublin set down marker in Longford thrashing

Sheedy questions: 'Who's going to get within 15 points of Dublin?' as Longford soundly beaten at Croker

Bernard Brogan
Bernard Brogan
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DUBLIN'S chokehold on the Leinster SFC was brought into sharp focus again yesterday with a pulverising 27-point victory over Longford in Croke Park.

Aterwards, Longford manager Jack Sheedy, questioned whether any team would "get within 15 points," of Jim Gavin's men this season.

"Who is going to get within 15 points of Dublin?," asked the Longford manager and former Dublin star.

"Possibly Meath are the only team that are equipped to do that within Leinster," adding that his team had simply been "steamrolled by a team at a hugely different level."

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"I don't see anyone taking them to the wire at the moment," he continued.

"The reality is there's no one anywhere close. There has to be a new format, it needs to be reviewed.

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"So the real test for Dublin will be in August, and this isn't even good preparation."

Dublin's victory granted them passage to a provincial semi-final against either Laois or Kildare and Sheedy pondered whether either could suffer the same unforgiving fate as Longford yesterday.

"There's a good chance they will," he stated.

The Dublin hurlers, meanwhile, are sweating over the fitness of co-captain Peter Kelly, who hobbled out of the draw with Galway in yesterday's curtain-raiser.

The Lucan defender injured his hamstring and management are awaiting the results of scan today to ascertain his potential availability for next Saturday's replay in O'Connor Park, Tullamore (throw-in 4.45pm).

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