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Joe Brolly: Kerry and Donegal could not do that to Kildare... Dublin are beautiful to watch

Published 28/06/2015 | 20:23

Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly watches his penalty go past substitute Kildare goalkeper Colin Heeney. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly watches his penalty go past substitute Kildare goalkeper Colin Heeney. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Dean Rock, Dublin, is fouled by Mark Donnellan, Kildare, resulting in a black card and penalty. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare manager Jason Ryan, left, shakes hands with Dublin manager Jim Gavin after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Alan Brogan, Dublin. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Michael Darragh MacAuley, Dublin, in action against Pádraig O'Neill, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kevin McManamon, Dublin, in action against Eoin Doyle, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Brian Fenton, Dublin, in action against Cathal McNally, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, in action against Emmet Bolton, left, and Pádraig O'Neill, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, checks to see if team-mate Diarmuid Connolly is ok after Brogan hit him in the face with the ball after scoring his side's second goal. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Brian Fenton, left, and Michael Darragh MacAuley, Dublin, in action against Paul Cribben, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Supporters on Hill 16 hold up a banner to celebrate the lives of avid Dublin supporters and brothers Alan and Stephen Harris and six Irish students who died in an accident in Berkeley, California, last week. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Stephen Cluxton, Dublin captain, leads the Dublin squad out for the official photograph before the start of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare players Alan Smith and Padraig Fogarty, behind, at the end of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Dublin squad. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare manager Jason Ryan in the final moments of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare manager Jason Ryan in the final moments of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare manager Jason Ryan in the final moments of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare manager Jason Ryan, left, shakes hands with Dublin manager Jim Gavin after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare's Emmet Bolton following his side's defeat. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; The Kildare panel walk off the pitch following their side's defeat. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, score's his side's second goal. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Brian Fenton, Dublin, in action against Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Joe Brolly didn't hold back in his praise of Jim Gavin's Dublin after they kicked 4-14 from play in a sumptuous performance against Kildare today.

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A final scoreline of 5-18 to 0-14 is a little harsh on Kildare who were wasteful in front of goal throughout, but Dublin were in their pomp.

After a below-par league by his own lofty standards, Diarmuid Connolly purred as he and messrs Brogan, Rock and Kilkenny wreaked havoc in the Kildare defence.

Tenacity in defence, speed on the break, impeccable skills... it was an awesome performance from the men from the capital and Joe Brolly lavished praise on them after the game.

"You'll never see them lying down feigning injury, you'll not see them kicking the ball off the keeper's tee or lying around holding their faces... they're ambitious, they're entertaining. You'll never be bored watching the Dubs even when they lose," he told The Sunday Game.

"Look at the great games, the game against Kerry where they beat Kerry, the game against Donegal last year when they fell on their sword.

"It was beautiful to watch. You do have to appreciate they are an exceptional group but of all the top teams, Kerry couldn't do it to Kildare, Donegal wouldn't do that to Kildare.

"Every team who plays the Dubs has got to have a strategy. Donegal had a very definite strategy against them, Kerry had a superb startegy two years ago and yet they couldn't hang on to them.

"Everybody can enjoy the Dubs and that's what I love about them. Kerry won the All-Ireland last year, outside Kerry nobody cared. Donegal won the All-Ireland, nobody really cared because of the manner of the football with the Dubs you can always enjoy it.

"They bring joy."

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