Jim Gavin relishing another date with the Rebels in League semi-final

Updated: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 10:40 | Comments

Dublin's Johnny Cooper and John Hayes of Cork in action at Croke Park again
Dublin's Johnny Cooper and John Hayes of Cork in action at Croke Park again

Dublin manager Jim Gavin is looking forward to renewing rivalry with Cork in Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 1 semi-final.

The counties are set to meet again, six weeks on from their clash in Croke Park where Brian Cuthbert’s side prevailed by two points.

Indeed, the Rebels went on to clinch top spot in Division 1 after easily disposing of Kerry in Tralee yesterday.

Dublin’s passage to the last-four was confirmed when they held on for a one-point victory over Tyrone in Omagh.

For the Dubs boss, a meeting with the Munster outfit is ideal with the Championship now firmly on the horizon.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Gavin said: “It is a bonus to have reached the League semi-final. Our focus is beginning to shift now towards the Championship. We’re nine weeks out from that.

"However, we’re really looking forward to playing Cork. They’ve started well under their new management team. 

"As a unit their back line is solid and midfield is a real powerhouse. Technically they are very adept up front. It makes for a great game next weekend.”

Reflecting on the win over Tyrone, Gavin highlighted the resolve shown by his side as they held out for victory in a game despite netting three goals in the opening 16 minutes.

“Tyrone are a quality side – a side that will figure prominently in the forthcoming Ulster and All-Ireland campaigns," added Gavin.

"We always knew that they were going to come back. The important thing was that we were ahead by a point at the final whistle.

"The resolve shown by the Dublin players away from home in a great provincial ground was the thing that most pleased in me. However, credit to both teams for really going hard at it, particularly in the second half."  

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