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Tuesday 21 August 2018

O'Sullivan handed unenviable job

THEY say he's unmarkable but Dublin legend Paul Curran reckons Cian O'Sullivan (left) is the man for the most unenviable job in Gaelic football and has called on Pat Gilroy to hand the Kilmacud Crokes man the onerous task of marking Colm Cooper on Sunday.

The Kerry captain has been branded "the greatest" by several former Kingdom players in the devastating wake of his masterclass in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Mayo.

Curran is an admirer but reckons the process of damage limitation should begin with O'Sullivan tracking Cooper.

"Dublin need to get the match-ups right," Curran says. "Gooch Cooper is a match-winner and the Dubs need to put their best marker on him from the start.

"For me, the job must go to Cian O'Sullivan, who has the pace and the defensive skills to counteract Cooper's class."

However, Curran warned: "He might not succeed in holding him totally but if he can manage to keep him to two or three points from play, then his team will be in with a great shout at the death."

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