Tuesday 28 March 2017

Onus on Lake men is to set up to win, not lose heroically

Cribbin will have been telling them all week that shocks can happen. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Cribbin will have been telling them all week that shocks can happen. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Independent.ie News desk

Dublin games in Leinster are such at the minute that there's no too much talk about what way their final with Westmeath will go, where it will be won and lost or what the key match-ups might be. 

Dublin are expected to cruise through, meaning the build-up has been dominated by what way Westmeath will approach the game.

Will they try and sit back in a manner that hasn't really been their style of play so far? Or will they try and keep as many forwards in the Dublin half as possible? 

Some teams have drawn ire for their approach to playing the Dubs. We saw Meath try and pack their defence and frustrate them before hitting them on the counter in the Leinster semi-final.

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And the point was subsequently made that anything other than what's perceived as 'having a go' is a damage limitation exercise. 

I think the onus is on Westmeath and Tom Cribbin to set up whatever way they think gives them the best chance to win.

They have quality in the likes of John Heslin and Kieran Martin so they'll try and have them in the game as much as possible.

And Cribbin will have been telling them all week that shocks can happen. 

It will be interesting to see what way they go. And if it doesn't suit other people's notion of how the game should be played, or if it doesn't make for a good spectacle, well frankly, it doesn't matter.

There are no points for being a brave loser. 

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