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Thursday 16 August 2018

Mac: It's make or break

Victory could be the launch padfor a successful summer: Macauley

DUBLIN midfielder, Michael Darragh Macauley, insists tomorrow's much anticipated Leinster SFC semi-final showdown with Kildare could be "make or break" for Pat Gilroy's men.

The Ballyboden St Enda's man reckons Kildare will pose the type of questions which Laois failed to in their opening round victory and suggested that a Dublin victory “should push us on for the rest of the season”. “It could be a make or break game for the season,” said Macauley, who eased the fears of Dublin supporters by shaking off a swollen foot to take his place alongside in the sky blue engine room. “I think it's hugely important to get this sort of challenge. We're going to have to up it from the last match in terms of intensity.

They have been developing nicely under McGeeney over the last few years and I think they’re settling into the style of play that he wants them to play.” Chief to that style is Lilywhite captain, John Doyle, who has thrived in his new midfield environs this season and will come face to face with Macauley tomorrow. But while Macauley stressed the need for vigilance of Doyle's frequent forward forays from deep, he insisted Dublin had not been “obsessed by it” in their preparations. “I think you have to be conscious of it. John Doyle is getting all the headlines and for good reason. He's playing very good football. But at the same time, you can't be overly worried. I have to make him worried about me going forward as well. We will keep an eye on it without becoming obsessed by it.”

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