Sunday 30 April 2017

Defenceless Dubs don't look like Sam hopefuls

Dave Billings and Paul Caffrey were left with plenty to ponder after yesterday's defeat in Crossmaglen
Dave Billings and Paul Caffrey were left with plenty to ponder after yesterday's defeat in Crossmaglen
Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Dublin fans can sing it - they have major problems in their backline that could easily scuttle the dearly held and carefully planned campaign to capture Sam Maguire in 2008.

I have no doubt there will be many Dublin excuses for this debacle in Crossmaglen but real fans know the truth. And that is that, based on the make-up of the Dublin backline against Armagh, there are several leading teams, including Armagh, who would be perfectly capable of upsetting Dublin in the forthcoming championship.

This was a championship game of football before a huge crowd and the fervour and cut-throat approach associated with Armagh over the past decade stood out a mile. In particular when it came to physical battles at close range, it was invariably Armagh players who did best. But the most amazing statistic and the one that will cause many sleepless nights along Liffeyside was the Armagh tally of 3-13.

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