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Dubs will be 'main force'


Donegal’s John Joe Doherty. Photo: Sportsfile

Donegal’s John Joe Doherty. Photo: Sportsfile

Donegal’s John Joe Doherty. Photo: Sportsfile

Former Donegal boss John Joe Doherty expects Dublin to remain Gaelic football's "main force" under Dessie Farrell.

Doherty, part of the team that crushed Farrell's All-Ireland dreams in 1992, will hope Donegal can ambush Dessie's Dubs once again in Croke Park tonight.

But ahead of their NFL clash, he predicted that Dublin will keep thriving under a man he has known for decades.

While replacing Jim Gavin was a "hard act to follow", Doherty said: "Dessie would have worked with a lot of them at U21 level ... you'd imagine he'll get on with them.

"I think Dublin will continue to be the main force in the years to come, and it's up to everybody else to try to narrow the gap."

He continued: "The Super 8s are so hard on the body that there's going to be casualties. It's your leaders and key men - if one of them gets hurt they're very, very hard to replace.

"But Dublin have been able to replace them, and Kerry would definitely think that they're heading in that direction."

Dublin hurling boss Mattie Kenny has shown his hand for tonight's NHL curtain-raiser against Wexford (5pm), promoting 'keeper Seán Brennan, Cian O'Callaghan and Davy Keogh, who is primed for his full league debut.

Dublin (SH v Wexford): S Brennan; P Smyth, E O'Donnell, J Madden; C O'Callaghan, D Gray, S Moran; C Crummey, J Malone; D Burke, R McBride, J Hetherton; O O'Rorke, R Hayes, D Keogh.