Lilies to be major test for Dublin
Dublin's ambitions of provincial success will be sorely tested when they face near neighbours Kildare in the semi-final of the Leinster Junior Football Championship at Parnell Park this evening (7.30).
The Lilywhites were impressive nine-point winners over Louth a fortnight ago, when an unanswered 1-6 inside the opening 20 minutes helped lay the foundations for a facile win with Darroch Mulhall, Ciaran Kelly and senior panellist Mikey Conway highlighting the attacking quality at their disposal.
Much of their dominance was provided by a strong showing at centre-field from Willie Heffernan and Paddy Dunne and Dublin's midfield pairing of Shane O'Connor and Conor Coady will need to replicate their form against Wicklow if the Dubs are to prevail.
Of equal importance to the capital is how their full-back line copes following a somewhat nervy showing a fortnight ago and they'll be hopeful of maintaining a tighter rein on the Lilywhites' front six than witnessed in the previous round.
On a positive note, Dublin's attack combined very well throughout the Wicklow game and similar displays from Harry Dawson and Gerry Seaver could go a long way to deciding the outcome in the Dubs' favour.
Home advantage is another factor in their favour but the feeling is that Kildare's greater strength in depth and access to their senior development panellists should give them the required edge and help the visitors home by 3-4 points.
Dublin: David Downey (Ballyboughal); Rory Pocock (St Vincent's), Barry Hehir (Nh Barróg), John Sheanon (Cuala); Shane Dunne (St Oliver Plunkett's/ER), Conor O'Brien (Skerries Harps), Gavin Dungan (Ballyboughal); Shane O'Connor (St Sylvester's), Conor Coady (Scoil Uí Chonaill); Robert Croft (Nh Barróg), Odhrán McCann (St Brigid's), Gerry Seaver (Ballyboughal); Harry Dawson (Skerries Harps), Martin O'Driscoll (St Anne's), Eoin Kinsella (Nh Olaf).