Okay, it’s Monday morning once again and the countdown can now begin in earnest to another showdown with the Dubs, once again at Croke Park. It’ll be the third time in a row in the League that we’ve faced them at Dublin’s permanent residence (which also betimes goes under the somewhat misleading title of ‘GAA HQ’) and, if you add in as well our two championship clashes that have taken place there over the last two years, this means that Saturday’s match is the fifth on the trot where they’ll have had home advantage over us. Sure, hadn’t we Morty still playing for us the last time they were sent West to play us?
There’s little or no news at this stage about player availability and all that but I don’t think we’ve any new injury concerns to fret over so, despite all those interesting team selections put forward here on the site over the last few days, I’d expect no significant change from the side that started against Cork on Paddy’s weekend. It could be as late as Friday, though, before we see a teamsheet for Croke Park.
The Dubs, meanwhile, will be without their pugilistic defender Philly McMahon who got a straight red for that thump on Mark Lynch in the Derry match last time out and it’s also very likely that their U21 contingent – who include Jack McCaffrey, Eric Lowndes, Eoin Ó Conghaile, Cormac Costello and Paul Mannion – will sit this one out too, as they’re gearing up for the U21 Leinster final against Meath the following Sunday.
Saturday evening’s match is also unlikely to see a return to action by St Vincents’ duo Ger Brennan and Diarmuid Connolly – my understanding is that they’re not returning to the fold for a little while longer – but Kevin McManamon and James McCarthy, who both missed the match in Celtic Park, should be back for this one. I’d say there’s a good chance that the likes of Rory O’Carroll and maybe one or two more of the heavier hitters will also feature on Saturday evening.
The Dubs have, need we remind ourselves, a good record against us in recent times, having won all three of our meetings last year, which means that the last time we got the better of them was that memorable All-Ireland semi-final clash back in 2012. We’re certainly due a win against them at this stage but do you think we’ll get one on Saturday evening? Time to vote on the proposition.
How will we get on against the Dubs?
- Win (72%, 227 Votes)
- Lose (24%, 77 Votes)
- Draw (3%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 315