Sunday 13 October 2019

A return ticket for Connolly

Ex-Laois boss Kieran Brennan declares Dublin are going in right direction

Diarmuid Connolly’s return will give the Dubs a boost
Diarmuid Connolly’s return will give the Dubs a boost

The Connolly Express, back in town - and the city is delighted.

"It's wonderful news," declares Kieran Brennan, the former Laois manager.

"Diarmuid is such a gifted footballer, a genius. It's such a privilege to go along and watch him play the game.

"He can bring football to a whole new level. Such great ability. A really beautiful footballer. It's a big lift for Dublin that he's back. And it's great for the game too."

Kieran was impressed by the way Dublin finished Saturday night's Super 8s match against Cork.

Cork emerged with much credit from the contest, but late on, as is their custom, the Dubs opened up a tin of blue emulsion to put the gloss on.

"Fair play to Cork. They'll take a lot from that display. The scoreline didn't reflect their efforts," said Brennan. "But this Dublin team are so good at getting the job done. They are like a machine."

It's Roscommon next for the Dubs at Croke Park on Saturday night.

"Roscommon need to win. They will be giving it everything. I wouldn't write them off," said Brennan..

"Some people have the last four picked already, but there's still a lot of football to be played. And I think there will be one or two surprises.

"Mayo are just so unpredictable. Kerry had to win last Sunday, especially at home. The Kerry supporters always expect the best from their team. David Moran was brilliant. Meath had a tough one away to Donegal.

"But Andy McEntee will take positives from their performance. And Cork versus Tyrone will also be interesting."

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