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Thursday 19 October 2017

Dubs class set to prevail

EIRGRID LEINSTER U21 FC SEMI-FINALS

DUBLIN v LONGFORD

(Navan, Tonight, 7.30)

SMOOTH and sleek though they were most of the time in Portlaoise a couple of weeks back, Dessie Farrell's Dublin U21 team still copied a trait of last year's habit for granting opposition a period of superiority that almost proved their undoing.

Level, despite Dublin's clear dominance, Laois kicked three bad wides early in the second-half, when the scoring of two, at least, would have made a close contest of the remainder and tested Dublin's nerve for the battle.

Farrell knows all about Longford and their propensity to make life difficult for attack-minded teams, so it's imperative his side don't make life difficult for themselves.

Killian O'Gara was a revelation against Laois, though the leadership came from the likes of Eric Lowndes and Conor McHugh, survivors of last year's All-Ireland winning team.

There's no Cormac Costello, who has not fully recovered from the injury he suffered against Tyrone in the NFL, in the named Dublin team but even without him, they're unlikely to let lightening strike twice.

ODDS: Dublin 1/7, Draw 11/1, Longford 11/2 VERDICT: Dublin

Royals to win

LEINSTER U21FC SEMI-FINAL

KILDARE v MEATH

(Portlaoise, Tonight, 7.30)

KILDARE were 12 points better than Offaly last time out but having been dumped out of last year's competition by the same opposition, they were never likely to be caught unsighted.

Ruairí Ó Caoileán (0-7) was superb for Meath against Westmeath and with Eamonn Wallace, Joey Wallace, Pádraic Harnan and Adam Flanagan, should be too strong.

ODDS: Kildare 4/6, Draw 7/1, Meath 6/4

VERDICT: Meath

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