Dublin's Jack McCaffrey proves he's back to his best with superb all-round performance
Former Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey showed he was back to his best as he won man-of-the-match in Dublin's comprehensive victory over Galway in their All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park this afternoon.
The Clontarf man's performance was all the more remarkable coming less than a year after the cruciate knee injury he suffered in last year's All-Ireland final that kept him sidelined for the start of this season.
The 2015 Footballer of the Year picked up the man-of-the-match award for his performance, and has surely solidified his place in Jim Gavin's starting team after playing a role off the bench as he returned from injury earlier in the season.
The 24-year-old played a part in both attack and defence, claiming several of Ruairi Lavelle's kickouts and setting up Dublin's only goal as he played Niall Scully in behind the Galway defence with a perfectly weighted pass.
McCaffrey however was quick to highlight the importance of Dublin's strength in depth as they pulled away from Galway in the second half.
"We've such a strong bench," McCaffrey told RTE Sport.
"We've such faith in the team side of things, and the lads who will come in will finish strong for us, that you just stick to the gameplan and don't lose sight of that.
"Look at some of the lads who came in there today and were flying, lads who could have been picked and weren't, everybody is just pushing each other, we're in a very good place at the moment."
Jack McCaffrey skipped into a run as he made his way off the field, to an adoring ovation from the Dubs of course. Looked like he could play another five games this evening. #GAA— Michael Devlin (@MichaelDevlin11) August 11, 2018
Jack McCaffrey on fire this evening.— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) August 11, 2018
Jack McCaffrey brilliant today and Con O’Callaghan playing his best match of the championship this year— Stephen Doyle (@dubsoulrebel) August 11, 2018
Jack McCaffrey unreal at bombing on down the left. In general, the pace coming on from the Dublin bench is not what a tired opposition defender wants to face.— Henry Martin (@henrymartin1) August 11, 2018
Jack McCaffrey is running the show out there. Defensively solid and carrying the ball forward very effectively.— Kevin O'Brien (@Kevobrien7) August 11, 2018
Looks back to his very best.