Friday 15 December 2017

Dublin look set to regain Leinster


Dublin will hope to regain their Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship title when they face reigning holders Kildare at Croke Park tomorrow afternoon (12.00).

The Dubs booked their final berth when outclassing Offaly last Thursday week and there were positive signs that the side have settled on their most fluent selection, having lacked cohesion in previous wins over Longford and Meath.

Dublin enjoyed a marked advantage at midfield in Tullamore and they will hope that both Andrew Foley and Eoghan McHugh can similarly influence proceedings against a powerful Kildare outfit.

The Lilies were equally comfortable in their semi-final win over Laois a fortnight ago with goals from Rory Feely, Conor Hartley and Michael Kelly highlighting their attacking threat.

The holders' confidence will also benefit from the hammering they dished out to Dublin in last year's provincial semi-final in Parnell Park and many of the personnel on both sides are set to renew rivalries at midday tomorrow.

The wider environs of Croke Park may suit the Dubs tomorrow and if they can deliver sufficient supply of ball into the likes of Chris Sallier and Con O'Callaghan, then Dublin possess two marksmen capable of posting an imposing tally.

Both players netted twice against Offaly and their partnership has improved since the championship began, while Colm Basquel has shown glimpses of the form that makes him such a promising talent.

Assuming the aforementioned trio maintain that understanding, Dublin look set to atone for last year's defeat.

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