Tuesday 26 September 2017

Alan Brogan out to avenge 'freak' Royal mauling

5 June 2011; Alan Brogan, Dublin. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Laois v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
5 June 2011; Alan Brogan, Dublin. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Laois v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin star Alan Brogan insists that the five-goal defeat to Meath in the 2010 Leinster semi-final was a "freak result".

Ahead of the first Leinster final clash between the sides since 2001, Brogan believes the Dubs have progressed enough so that they won't suffer a similar fate on Sunday.

"I think it was a freak result," said the reigning Footballer of the Year. "In fairness, some of the Meath forwards are very talented -- the likes of Joe Sheridan and Cian Ward. But some of the goals that they scored, even though they got through on us, were serious finishes.

"Maybe we panicked a bit and let them in a bit easy. But I'd like to think we've come on a bit since then and something like that wouldn't happen us again."

And Brogan insists he wasn't surprised by the Royals' win over Kildare despite their dismal league form.

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"Kildare were the favourites and on paper it looked like Kildare should win, but Meath are a different beast in the championship -- and always have been, no matter what their league form was like. They showed that against Kildare."

Dublin's narrow win over Wexford saw Bernard Brogan replaced after an unusually poor day in front of the posts but Alan tipped his brother to bounce back.

"He knows that the last day probably wasn't his best day," he said.

"But look, he's had that before and he's come out the next day and he's performed, so I think he'll be alright. He's mentally strong enough to deal with that."

Meath have a clean bill of health according to selector Graham Geraghty, who denied that he could be in line for a sensational cameo as he continues to struggle with a hamstring injury.

"I'd be going on in a zimmer frame," he said.

Irish Independent

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