Saturday 24 June 2017

Eugene McGee: Complacent Dublin give gilroy food for thought

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

The psychological impact of a football team scoring a goal just before half-time is recognised as a seminal event -- especially in a big final -- but when it happens twice within a minute, then the victims hardly ever recover to win.

So it was with Dublin yesterday -- and it was hardly a coincidence that, 10 minutes earlier, Meath had lost their excellent full-back Kevin Reilly through injury. Even in the present style of non-stop movement among players, this pivotal position is one that stands for safety first in the last line of defence, so Reilly's absence was critical.

Up until the two goals, we were treated to a wonderfully exciting game of open play that seemed to be a blast from the past -- with traditional kick-outs and, believe it or not, even clean, high catching in the middle of the field. We were all eagerly looking forward to a continuation of that in the second period, but the half-time conversation was that the game was over with Dublin leading by eight points.

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