Sunday 23 October 2016

Jim Gavin: The past is irrelevant

Recent cakewalks against Kildare mean nothing now insists Dublin manager

Jim Gavin
Jim Gavin

JIM GAVIN has dismissed the significance of Dublin's recent history of blitzing Kildare in Croke Park.

Pundits and bookmakers are united in their predictions of another provincial cruise for the Dubs in this Sunday's Leinster SFC semi-final, citing their last three lopsided Lilywhite encounters at GAA headquarters.

Gavin was pulling the managerial strings as his team hammered Kildare by 2-20 to 2-7 in the 2013 league, by 4-16 to 1-9 in that summer's Leinster SFC, and by 1-22 to 1-12 in last year's league.

However, ahead of Sunday's Croker rematch, the Dublin boss claimed: "If you asked me what the scores were in the games, I wouldn't know, genuinely. Those games are kind of in the past for both teams."

The bookies aren't convinced, quoting odds as tight as 1/25 (Boylesports) and even 1/40 (Paddy Power) for a Dublin win in 70 minutes.

But Gavin cautioned that Kildare "have that momentum" after their two-game joust with Laois culminated in a 13-point replay landslide, thanks to a second half scorefest.

"They'll feel like they're in a very good position," he suggested.

"They got themselves up in the second game, ready to blitz Laois; they tacked on some great passing moves and got some great scores and fully deserved the margin of their victory as well."

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