DUBLIN look to make it to their second successive AllIreland final this Sunday and more importantly from their point of view erase the painful memory of Colman Kennedy's late goal that gave Tipperary a stunning victory in last year's All-Ireland Minor Final.
They have gone the right way about it so far, recording victories over Carlow, Longford, Kildare and Meath in Leinster before accounting for Monaghan in the All-Ireland quarterfinal on the Bank Holiday weekend. Cormac Costello (who has connections himself with the Killarney Legion GAA club) has been the star of the show so far for the young Dubs, scoring a total of 3-4 in the Leinster Final against Meath with Conor McHugh and Gavin Burke also providing plenty of threat up front.
Costello is a gifted dual star having also lined out at midfield for the Dublin Minor hurlers this year.
The football team's midfield Dublin consists of two players from neighbouring clubs Stephen Cunningham and Shay Carty with Eric Lowndes an impressive defender who likes to come forward. Dessie Farrell (team manager) is working with at least twothirds of last year's squad although Ciaran Kilkenny is the big absentee from last year's team due to the fact he is overage. Farrell was also the manager of the team who came so close last year.
The Dubs' wait for an AllIreland title is much longer than that of Kerry's; one has to go all the way back to 1985 to find the last All-Ireland winning team from Dublin when Paul Clarke captained the team to victory.
Dublin have been winning most of their games by big margins so far this year, they have scored a total of 10-84 while conceding a total of 3-36 and with their noted ability to come out of the blocks early, Kerry really will have to be alert from the throw-in on Sunday.