Monday 20 November 2017

Why would you want to bring your kid to watch Dublin beat Carlow by 20 points?

Dublin's Bernard Brogan, left, and Diarmuid Connolly ahead of the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Dublin's Bernard Brogan, left, and Diarmuid Connolly ahead of the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Defending All-Ireland champions Dublin will play Carlow in the quarter-final stage of this year's Leinster Senior Football Championship after The Barrowsiders defeated Wexford in the championship's preliminary round at Dr. Cullen Park last weekend.

Carlow's four-point win over Wexford was the county's first win in the championship since they defeated Louth by just a single point in the 2011 Leinster Championship, with Irish Independent GAA correspondent Donnchadh Boyle noting that Sunday's win over Wexford was just centre-half-back Daniel St Ledger's third championship win in over a decade of playing intercounty football with Carlow.

Boyle said that Carlow's win over Wexford was great for the county, because it was a victory over a side that was of a similar ability, but that against Dublin next weekend, where Carlow are 21 point underdogs, Turlough O'Brien's side will almost certainly face a landslide defeat.

The Throw In panelist and sketch comedian Rory O'Connor noted that while last weekend's win was great for Carlow and for players like St Ledger and Brendan Murphy, a heavy defeat to Dublin could actually be detrimental to the county's younger generations who may lose interest in the sport if they watch Carlow get pummeled by Jim Gavin's side.

"I wouldn't be worried about the players now, because if you're Murphy or St Ledger and you're 26 or 27, you're playing against Dublin, you're on Sky Sports and you're going to have a swagger about you that night," O'Connor said on Episode 1 of the Independent.ie's GAA Championship podcast The Throw-In.

"It's the younger generation. If your father's bringing you to this game, and you want to play for Carlow and you're watching Dublin winning by let's say 20 points, why the f**k are you going to go and put all that effort of going to try and play for Carlow?

"If Carlow are playing the likes of teams that are at their own level of football week-in-week-out, we don't need to go into a debate about tiers and all, but it's the reality we have."

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