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Friday 9 December 2016

Jack Sheedy: Dublin are 10 points better than any other team in Leinster

Dubs ten points better than rest says Longford boss Jack

Longford manager Jack Sheedy. Picture: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE
Longford manager Jack Sheedy. Picture: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE

JACK SHEEDY believes the Dublin footballers - playing at their peak - are "ten points better" than any other team in Leinster.

The '90s hero is now in his second year managing Longford and will attempt to mastermind the seemingly impossible when travelling into his native Dublin's Croke Park den for this Sunday's Leinster SFC quarter-final.

But it's not just Longford who are caught in the Sky Blues' slipstream.

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"There is a gulf there," Sheedy conceded. "We played Meath twice this year already, in the O'Byrne Cup and in a challenge, and they are working extremely hard to get the structures right further down from the senior team, but everybody is playing catch-up.

"Dublin are, without a doubt, playing at their best, probably ten points better than any other team in Leinster at the moment. So, yeah, from a Leinster perspective, it would be a little bit worrying - but that gap will close."

The Longford boss said he was not about to "start shouting that we are going to beat Dublin or do this, that or the other. We're realistic about our chances but we have to try and be as true to ourselves," he added, hinting that they won't simply come to "park the bus" in Croker.

On the injury front, Francis McGee's elbow injury sustained against Offaly is causing some concern.

"He was in for a scan, he had it x-rayed and there is nothing broken. We'll have to have him assessed again, he's a little bit iffy," Sheedy admitted.

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