Friday 23 March 2018

O'Gara '100pc' for Leinster final - Gavin

Eoghan O'Gara. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Eoghan O'Gara. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin manager Jim Gavin insists Eoghan O'Gara is '100 per cent fit' despite fears he had suffered an injury setback.

O'Gara featured off the bench in the Dubs' Leinster Championship opener against Laois to complete his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury he picked up last year.

However, he didn't make the match-day squad against Meath which sparked fears he had picked up another knock.

But at his media briefing ahead of Sunday week's Leinster final clash with Westmeath, Gavin confirmed O'Gara is in contention to see game time in the Croke Park clash.

"Eoghan is good, yeah," he said. "He trained a full session two nights ago so, yeah, he's back on track. He did a bit of training with the club as well recently so, yeah, he's 100 per cent fit."

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Gavin also confirmed that Paddy Andrews had no adverse reaction to his appearance against the Royals after recovering from a back injury.

Dublin have made light work of Leinster opposition once more this year but Gavin warned that they will need to iron the "inconsistencies" out of their game as the summer progresses.

"That inconsistency is there. I thought against Meath, particularly in the opening quarter, we created a lot of chances, they played with nearly 13 men behind the ball," he recalled.

"But we still created scoring opportunities; we didn't take them which was the disappointing thing. That's what we've been working on on the training park over the last while.

Gavin insists that Leinster titles still matter to his side despite their dominance in recent times.

"Maybe from the outside in, that would seem the case. But these boys are passionate about the Leinster Championship.

"They want to retain the Delaney Cup. It's something that they've spoken about. It means a lot to them."

Irish Independent

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