Friday 15 February 2019

Dubs can past test against Wicklow

Leinster MFC Group 1: Dublin v Wicklow (Parnell Park, Tonight, 7.30)

Luke Swan
Luke Swan

Dublin will look to resume their Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship Group 1 campaign on a positive note when they meet Wicklow in Donnycarney this evening.

The Dubs were last in action four weeks ago as they finished strongly to edge out Offaly by 2-11 to 0-10 in Tullamore.

That victory was especially vital for a Dublin team that had lost its previous group match to Meath and they will need to overcome Wicklow tonight before they finish the group stages with a trip to Mullingar to play Westmeath in a week's time.

Dublin have played some impressive football this summer but have lacked consistency at times, and the month gap between competitive matches mightn't be ideal in achieving the required fluency.

There is also the issue of which, if any, of Dublin's dual players feature tonight, with Dublin involved in the Leinster MHC final this Saturday afternoon (against Kilkenny in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise).

At present, Luke Swan, Conor Murray, Liam Dunne and Seán Foran have coped admirably with their dual demands with Swan a potent goal threat in both football and hurling.

Swan created one goal and scored the other against Offaly, with Dublin benefiting from the attacking forays of their wing-backs Mark Lavin and Rory Dwyer on that occasion.

That duo may well be kept busy with their primary duties tonight against a Wicklow team that responded well to a narrow defeat to Offaly in Round 1 by drawing with Louth and hammering Westmeath.

Eoin Darcy has led the Wicklow attack superbly and he'll relish the opportunity that tonight's match offers.

However, Dublin look to have greater options up front and should keep their semi-final hopes alive.

Verdict: Dublin

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