Wednesday 25 April 2018

Alan Brogan gives his verdict on whether Bernard should start - but expects Jim Gavin to think differently

20 July 2014; Dublin forwards Bernard and Alan Brogan with the Delaney Cup after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
20 July 2014; Dublin forwards Bernard and Alan Brogan with the Delaney Cup after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
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Jim Gavin has a tough selection decision regarding Bernard Brogan to make ahead of this Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final against Monaghan, and Alan Brogan expects the Dublin manager to keep his brother in reserve for the last eight tie.

Brogan kicked five points off the bench in the Leinster final after being introduced as a 24th minute black card replacement, with many calling for the three-time All Star's inclusion in the first team after such a devastating display.

Jim Gavin has used Brogan predominantly as a replacement since dropping the four-time All-Ireland champion for last year's final replay against Mayo, while opting to blood underage star Con O'Callaghan during this year's championship.

The Cuala youngster kicked 0-12 in the Leinster final, including six scores from play, and Alan Brogan expects Gavin to keep the same forward line for Saturday's encounter with Monaghan at Croke Park.

Speaking on this week's episode of The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast, Brogan explained why he feels that Gavin will keep his brother on the bench - even if he thinks he should be in the starting team.

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"I don't think he [Jim Gavin] will start him, I would but I don't think he will," Brogan said.

"Again, he is looking at the likes of Con [O'Callaghan] now and he has seen these guys and knows he needs to prepare for after Bernard Brogan. He knows he has Bernard and he is very valuable coming off the bench now. He is also performing for him coming off the bench, and I'm sure Jim is happy now that Bernard can deal with this mentally and come in and do a job. I would be surprised if Bernard starts to be honest with you."

Dublin's quarter-final with Monaghan throws in at 6pm at Croke Park, as part of a double header with Tyrone vs Armagh, which starts at 4pm.

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