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Colm O'Rourke: Lack of baggage means new-look Dubs can go places

Published 14/02/2010 | 05:00

Perhaps we saw a vision of the new Dublin last Sunday in Killarney. Not Dublin light either, as they worked very hard for a victory, albeit over a Kerry side that seemed to have wintered well.

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Yet there are times when a developing team can trace their beginning and it is usually when they beat a bogey side. It does not matter how strong Kerry were -- a team wearing blue beat that famous green and gold jersey. It does not happen often so it must bring a degree of optimism.

Now all of that can be blown out of the water if subsequent displays are not up to scratch, but in many ways Pat Gilroy has nothing to lose and a lot to gain by making fairly drastic surgery to the Dublin team this year. The simple fact of the matter is that the Dubs have not been good enough at the business end of the championship for many years. It is one thing being kings of an uncompetitive Leinster but Kerry, Tyrone and even Mayo could see the emperor had no clothes when the sun came out.

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