Roscommon footballer Donal Shine’s GAA preview

This evenings NFL Division 1 encounter between Dublin and Cork has the makings of a cracker.

Pat Gilroy has only made one change from the side who overcame Armagh at the Athletic Grounds two weeks ago, with Paul Flynn slotting instead of Bryan Cullen at wing forward. Dublin’s backline remains unchanged with Philly McMahon, Ger Brennan and Ross McConnell all sidelined through injury.

Cork will welcome the return of three of last year’s All-Ireland winning team in Michael Shields, Paudie Kissane and Alan O Connor. With a strong side named, 10 of the side that started last September’s All-Ireland final against Down are on duty against the Dubs this weekend.

Both sides come into the game on the back of impressive opening league performances and a tight game is expected. The winner of tonight’s game will stand in a strong position at the top of the Division 1 table. Both sides possess plenty of scoring power, and with Bernard Brogan once again on top form, Dublin are in with a great chance. However, Inexperience in defence may be a problem and how this Dublin defence deals with Daniel Goulding, Pearse O Neill and Donncha O Connor will have a huge bearing on the result.

Overall the strength of Corks forwards line should be too much for Dublin, but a tight encounter like last year’s All-Ireland semi final is expected.

Verdict: Cork

Dublin (SF v Cork): Stephen Cluxton; Alan Hubbard, Seán Murray, Michael Fitzsimons; Declan Lally, James McCarthy, Paul Casey (Captain); Michael Darragh Macauley, Denis Bastick; Paul Flynn, Kevin McManamon, Diarmuid Connolly; Tomás Quinn, Eoghan O’Gara, Bernard Brogan.

Cork (FL v Dublin): Paddy O’Shea; Ray Carey, Jamie O’Sullivan, Michael Shields; Denis O’Sullivan, Paudie Kissane, Conor O’Driscoll; Alan O’Connor, Aidan Walsh; Pearse O’Neill, Patrick Kelly, Fintan Goold; Daniel Goulding, Colm O’Neill, Donncha O’Connor.


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