Tuesday 17 September 2019

Quinn: Connolly can be match-winner

Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

Tomas Quinn has backed Diarmuid Connolly to be Dublin's match-winner in Sunday's All-Ireland final.

In what would be a remarkable turnaround for a player who at one stage intended to spend his summer in Boston, Quinn says Connolly is an obvious option for Jim Gavin to spring from the bench if the game is tight in the closing stages.

"I think ultimately when the game is in the balance he's a guy you want on the pitch, with the ball in his hands," said Quinn, of his St Vincent's club-mate. "I think there'll be a level of trust with other players out there, with the management, that he will make a good decision, that he'll have a positive impact."

Quinn also predicted Dublin will face "their toughest game of the championship" on Sunday and warned that a slow start like the one they had in the semi-final against Mayo could prove fatal.

"I think Dublin are going to win but I think they are going to be put to the pin of their collar," said Quinn.

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