Thursday 8 December 2016

Dubs warm to the task

Published 09/06/2008 | 00:00

Inside or out? Dublin's Alan Brogan is just about to receive Jason Sherlock's pass before scoring the game's only goal yesterday
Inside or out? Dublin's Alan Brogan is just about to receive Jason Sherlock's pass before scoring the game's only goal yesterday

The ruthless efficiency with which Dublin disposed of Louth yesterday should not be regarded as just another 'shoe-in' by one of the big teams against Division 3 sides. There was a sharp cut about the Dublin players, once the second half started, that indicated a change of attitude by comparison with many other championship games in recent years.

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I detected what appeared to be a new level of maturity that was noticeable through the measured and confident approach by the Dublin players. Now people will say, of course, that it wasn't very hard for Dublin to play like that considering how poor Louth became after half-time but nevertheless this was a different Dublin side in certain aspects.

For a start, there was none of the physical and verbal provocation which tainted the Dublin team on occasion last year. The demeanour of the Dublin players was exemplary, which it should always be, of course, and this could be a useful addition to the team if that trend continues.

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