Leinster football semi-final Result- Dublin struggled past Meath in Croke Park to reach the final against Kildare
Going into injury time Dublin had only scored 2pts in the second half, its worrying times for Dessie Farrell as he will face Kerry or Cork in an All-Ireland semi-final if he gets past Kildare in the Leinster final
Dessie Farrell’s post match interview below
All-Ireland champions Dublin will go head to head with Leinster rivals Meath at Croke Park this coming Sunday at 4:30 pm as the second part of a doubleheader in the last of the Leinster Senior Football Championship semi-finals.
The Dubs shared the title of the league champions with All-Ireland rivals, Kerry, during their league campaign.
Remaining undefeated in all three of the league games, they have not looked their best, but that is expected, even from Dublin.
With numerous retirements from past winners and a couple more on the horizon, this Dublin side is in a transition period from the glory-laden Jim Gavin era.
The Dubs looked less than impressive against Wexford in the quarter-final. Winning by a small margin of 8 points, impressive for Wexford to have kept the score down so low and to not concede a goal.
For Dublin, it will simply be put down to not leaving first gear.
They are still the team to beat and will go on to lift a historic seven-in-a-row later in August.
Meath is their great rivals from the past, not being crowned Leinster champions since 2010, and losing five finals since then, all to Dublin.
The Royal County had a decent league campaign, finishing second only behind a vibrant Mayo side, beating Down and Westmeath in the process.
Losing out on their promotion hopes up to Division 1 with a 3-point losing effort to fellow Leinster semi-finalists Kildare in June.
Beating Longford by a massive 22 point to reach the semi’s, Meath have been the form team this season so far.
They come into this game with a monkey on their back, questions of can they beat Dublin will be put to this squad until they do pull off an upset win.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Not much can be said about Dublin that has not been said already, boasting high-quality talent in all positions, they can beat you from anywhere.
The only weakness you could accuse the Dubs of is the reports of Stephen Cluxton’s future and how that will affect them.
Their opponents have a good team, but mentally how will they respond when Dublin get a goal and start to pull away from them.
If last year’s Leinster final was anything to go by, Meath will fall away and cave to the Dublin storm.
A repeat of last years All-Ireland final is on the cards, picking Meath to pull off a stunning upset is more of hope rather than reality.
If the Dubs come out and play like they usually do, then Meath will want the game to end as soon as possible.
However, I do believe that Meath will do much better than last year.
Prediction: Dublin by 13 points
Dublin : Evan Comerford; Michael Fitzsimons, David Byrne, Philly McMahon; Tom Lahiff, Brian Howard, Sean McMahon; Brian Fenton, James McCarthy; Colm Basquel, Ciaran Kilkenny, Niall Scully; Paddy Small, Con O’Callaghan, Cormac Costello.
Meath : Andrew Colgan; Seamus Lavin, Ronan Ryan, Donal Keogan; Cathal Hickey, Shane McEntee (captain), Fionn Reilly; Bryan Menton, Padraig Harnan; Ethan Devine, Bryan McMahon, Mathew Costello; Jordan Morris, Cillian O’Sullivan, Joey Wallace.
Subs: Harry Hogan, Conor McGill, Eoin Harkin, James McEntee, Brían Conlon, Ronan Jones, Eamon Wallace, Michael Newman, Thomas O’Reilly, James Conlon and Danny Dixon.