Sunday 22 September 2019

Alan Brogan backs brother Bernard to make impact in replay

Dublin's Bernard Brogan. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin's Bernard Brogan. Photo: Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

Alan Brogan believes his brother Bernard can make an impact on Saturday's All-Ireland SFC final replay if given the chance by management.

The 2010 Footballer of the Year has been confined to a single appearance off the bench in Dublin's Super 8s victory over Tyrone in Omagh this summer and failed to make the match-day squad in either the All-Ireland semi-final or the drawn final.

However, with Gavin's bench failing to score in either game - something that has only happened one other time in his seven-year reign as manager - Bernard Brogan could come back into the frame for Saturday.

"If the game is stretched, as it was last Sunday week late on, he's exactly the sort of fella who only needs one touch to snap off a shot in injury time," former Dublin star Alan writes in his weekly column for the Herald.

The older Brogan sibling also stressed that Bernard's big-game experience could have a positive influence.

"There's always a role for experienced subs," he outlined, "players who have been there and seen everything there is to see and dealt with all the pressures that go on around All-Ireland finals outside of the match itself."

Meanwhile, a picture of the match programme for Saturday's game that was circulated online last night, and showing Diarmuid Connolly in the starting 15, has been dismissed as a fake by sources close to the Dubs.

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