Corkery on Wee alert as Dubs face 'the best team in Leinster'
NIALL CORKERY might be the poster boy of Pat Gilroy's Dublin regime.
The Kilmacud Crokes man is an uncomplicated character. He knows his job in this improving Dublin side and, more importantly, knows his limitations.
"Players like myself would be more known for being grafters rather than blinding talents, but I think this team is built on work rate," he said.
Corkery was quietly effective in the Crokes' midfield in their march to the All-Ireland club title in 2009, but was hardly recognised on the inter-county stage until the Dublin management called him into the squad ahead of the league clash with Tyrone last spring.
He started that game and has been an ever-present, even as Gilroy tinkered with his side over the course of the championship.
He scored a goal up in Omagh that day, but joked: "I was happy enough with that, but I might have set the bar a bit high for myself!"
Since the start of the championship, Dublin have been improving gradually.
Meath soundly beat them, but the scoreline flattered the Royals and last weekend's win over Armagh was the single biggest stride this generation have made. However, Corkery stressed that they were still a work in progress going into Saturday's clash with Louth.
"Judging by how we've performed so far in the championship, I'd say it might be quite a distance (between Dublin and the top teams) at the moment," Corkery said.
"And I don't think we can really look at winning All-Irelands -- I think we just have to take every game as it comes."
"We know exactly what's required of us. Louth are the best team in Leinster this year. But just like we weren't going into the Armagh game thinking 'this is Armagh, they've won an All-Ireland in the recent years, we don't stand a chance,' we're also not going into this game thinking 'this is Louth, Dublin traditionally beat them, so we'll be fine.'
"This year you've seen teams breaking from the mould. The would-be favourites from the last few years are crashing out to supposedly lesser teams. We're just looking at Louth's performances this year, which have been very good, and they'll be the best team we've faced this year."