Monday 20 November 2017

Tribesmen must go on the offensive

Cyril Farrell

I read during the week that, having played well in Portlaoise, Dublin will be even more suited to Croke Park for tomorrow's Leinster final.

I don't agree. And certainly not when they are playing a Galway side that is brimming with pace. O'Moore Park suited Dublin's defensive set-up much more than Croke Park will.

The big question is whether Galway align themselves defensively too, as they probably would have against Kilkenny. They shouldn't. They are Leinster champions and All-Ireland runners-up, so they must make a bold statement of their self-belief by starting in attack mode.

If they don't and Dublin dig their way into the game and grow in confidence, then the long wait for a Leinster title could be about to end.

Dublin's busy schedule – this will be their fifth game in 28 days – is a plus in terms of building self-belief with two wins and two draws, but there's also a downside as it can be very hard to peak week after week.

Nobody would begrudge Dublin a Leinster title or Anthony Daly a break after all the hard work he has put in. Dublin are playing this year like they were expected to last year and, if they were to win a Leinster title by beating Wexford, Kilkenny and Galway, it would be some achievement.

But I don't think it will happen. Galway didn't impress against Laois but they are better than that. They have huge pace and are quite experienced too. It could be the winning combination.

Irish Independent

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