Saturday 25 November 2017

Eugene McGee: Gilroy's dilemma as Rebels expose Dublin immaturities

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

I had expected the Cork-Dublin national Football League game on Saturday to be one of the first defining games of the year for the Dubs and their Leeside opponents. Both sides had done quite well in their opening games, but serious question marks had also emerged, so a meeting of the pair would have been expected to tell us a lot as we look forward to the championship.

Cork had suffered serious psychological damage in their previous game when, having dominated Tyrone in Omagh for the greater part of the game, they did one of their imploding acts in the final quarter, almost stopped scoring and lost the game through conceding three goals from close range.

Cork's full-back line also looked very vulnerable in the home game against Galway, when Nicky Joyce and Michael Meehan scored a bagful of points from play and frees, which at one stage threatened Cork's huge lead early in the game.

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