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Friday 17 August 2018

Minors expect Lilies onslaught

ANY Dublin supporter suffering early withdrawal symptoms following last Sunday's epic clash with Kildare will do well to make the trek to Parnell Park tomorrow evening (7.30) as both counties do battle in the Leinster MFC semi-final.

Remarkably, tomorrow's eagerly-anticipated clash will be the seventh time the near neighbours have met since the Leinster MFC Final in 2009 when Gary Sweeney's injury time point rescued a replay for the Dubs.

That match set the template for a series of tight, high-octane and high-quality games with Dublin manager Dessie Farrell expecting a similar close-run affair, with the lack of a qualifier safety-net only adding to the sense of anticipation.

“This is going to be a real championship affair given that one of the teams' seasons is going to finish after the game. There's a huge incentive to come through with a Leinster Final awaiting the winners and a place in the All-Ireland series.

“Because of that, there will be extra pressure on both sets of players and I suppose whoever can respond to those pressures better on the day will come through in the end,” said Farrell.

Kildare's sense of injustice following Sunday's senior loss should add an extra dimension to proceedings and if recent history is anything to go by, another 'Carney Cracker is in store.

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