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Sunday 20 August 2017

DUBS aim TO RAISE STAKES

DUBLIN will bid to scale the walls of Derry at Croke Park on Saturday night (7.0).

If they do so, it will keep the Blues in the mix for a semi-final place in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League.

Derry's priority is to move clear from the basement. Their only point in the campaign came away to Tyrone. It was a different picture twelve months ago when Derry played the Dubs in the League final at HQ.

Jim Gavin's side retained the title in swashbuckling fashion, 3-19 to 1-10, with goals from Bernard Brogan, Kevin McManamon and Diarmuid Connolly.

Yet Derry manager, Brian McIver, hails the efforts of his players, and he will arrive in the capital hoping that they can dent the Dubs. Derry's last match is at home to table-toppers, Cork.

Dublin's final group game is away to Monaghan, also on April 5th. On their last appearance in Croke Park, Dublin drew with Tyrone.

Yet they were back to their bristling best against Mayo in Castlebar. And Jim Gavin will be asking for a repeat of that Saturday night Take-Away.

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