Dessie Dolan believes Dublin will answer their critics with a "punishing" win over Kildare in Sunday's Leinster SFC final.

The Dubs made an indifferent start to the defence of their All-Ireland and provincial titles, registering unconvincing wins over Wexford and Meath.

However, Dolan says Dessie Farrell's men will still prove far too strong for a Kildare side minus key duo Kevin Feely and Eoin Doyle due to injury.

Speaking on the RTÉ GAA Podcast, the former Westmeath forward said: "If Kildare need one thing injected into them it’s a bit of steel and cut. Jack O’Connor has brought a bit of it, but not enough.

"Dublin have listened to a lot of thunder the last while. I expect them to show a bit of edge coming into this weekend.

Dublin withstood a second-half fightback by Meath to reach another provincial final

"I expect them to punish Kildare. With Kildare missing a couple of players I think they could be in big bother.

"Daniel Flynn is so exciting, a real rough diamond. He needs to have an outrageous game and get goals for Kildare. But at the same time I just don’t see it.

"I expect a strong performance from Dublin and normal service to resume."

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Ciarán Whelan also expects Dublin to win "with a bit of ease" and questioned how much Kildare have progressed in recent seasons.

The Lilywhites are through to their first Leinster final since 2017 but Whelan does not see them troubling Dublin in attack.

"I do think there’s going to be a kickback from the Dubs," said Whelan.

"I don’t know where (injured defenders) John Small or Eoin Murchin are at. It’s crucial to get them back and then release Brian Howard into midfield.

"But as much as people are saying Dublin are on the way down, and there’s no doubt the strength in depth is not there and there was a lapse in performance against Wexford and Meath, it’s still going to take a very good side to beat them.

Neil Flynn has scored 1-14 in two championship matches

"The core of their team is still very strong and they deliver quite consistently.

"If they get one or two of their defenders back they’re still going to be hard beaten. And it’s not going to happen on Sunday. The Dublin forwards will still create too many opportunities and cause havoc.

"Watching Kildare under Jack O’Connor, they love what I’d call the 'Paul Galvin ball’ – getting the ball to right half-forward and hitting a diagonal ball in.

"That’s one of their go-to plays. It will be interesting to see if that causes the Dublin full-back line any trouble."

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