Roscommon footballer Donal Shine’s GAA preview

Dublin welcome Kerry to Croke Park on Saturday night for the second of the “Spring Series” matches in the Allianz National Football League.

The hosts come into this evenings encounter off the back of two great opening wins against Armagh and All Ireland champions Cork. They will be hoping to make it three on the trot against this Kerry side which has had mixed fortune over the opening stages of the league.

The kingdom were unlucky to lose to arch rivals, Cork, in their initial outing of the campaign but then perhaps a little fortunate to get a penalty against Mayo on their latest outing when the game hung in the balance. Luck tends to balance out in these contest and Kerry are probably deserving of the two points picked up in the competition to date.

Jack O Connor has made three changes from the side which beat Mayo last weekend. Bryan Sheehan has been handed a new role and will line out at midfield for the green and gold. Pat Gilroy on the other hand has named the same team which defeated Cork in Croke Park last weekend. Sean Murray keeps the number three jersey after a solid performance on Colm O Neill six days ago and after a good display last week Paul Flynn is on the forty for Dublin.

Dublin’s back line, while relatively inexperienced, has performed very well in the opening two games. They will really be up against it this evening with Kieran Donaghy and Colm Cooper starting to click again for Kerry. The midfield battle will be key and how Bryan Sheehan performs will have a huge bearing on the result. The St Mary’s man has plenty of experience of playing in the midfield role for South Kerry in the county championship and if he can adapt to the role at this higher level then it opens up many more options for the kingdom management in 2011.

Overall a tight game is expected and on form it’s hard to back against the Dub’s making it three in a row.

Verdict: Dublin


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