SUNDAY, 1 AUGUST
Leinster SFC final
Dublin v Kildare, 4pm
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Dublin find themselves back in yet another provincial decider but this year's route to the final has been far less assured.
Whereas double-digit victories have tended to be the norm over the past decade, Dessie Farrell’s men had eight points to spare against Wexford and just six against Meath, their lowest winning margin since the Royals ran them to three points in the 2012 final.
An 11-point interval lead was whittled down to three late on against Meath, before three injury-time scores got Dublin over the line. It was an uncharacteristic collapse and one that gave Mayo and Kerry fresh hope in their attempts to end Sam Maguire’s long stay in the capital.
It has been a long time since so many question marks hung around Dublin, but there are also doubts over whether a Kildare side missing key players can actually capitalise.
Former Westmeath forward Dessie Farrell expects a rout rather than another rollercoaster.
"Dublin have listened to a lot of thunder the last while," said Dolan on the RTÉ GAA Podcast. "I expect them to show a bit of edge coming into this weekend.
"I expect them to punish Kildare. With Kildare missing a couple of players I think they could be in big bother."
Kildare come good
Kildare find themselves back in a Leinster final for the first time since 2017 after victories over Offaly and Westmeath.
It has been an encouraging season for Jack O’Connor’s side, who clinched promotion to Division 1 courtesy of wins over Cork, Laois and Meath.
Neil Flynn has been in fine scoring form for the Lilywhites, registering 1-14 in two championship games, with Daniel Flynn and Jimmy Hyland also impressing in attack.
However, Sunday’s game represents a huge step up and their cause isn’t helped by the loss of influential midfielder Kevin Feely to a knee injury.
Tomás Ó Sé believes hanging onto Dublin’s coattails for 50 minutes would represent a 'victory’ for Kildare.
"Kildare will come and play but the problem I have with them is they don’t get the ball in quick enough to the danger men of Jimmy Hyland and Daniel Flynn especially," Ó Sé told RTÉ's Morning Ireland.
"They can cause trouble, they were the difference against Westmeath, but Westmeath missed so many scores that day, it was Flynn's goals and part in goals that was the difference.
"I think they need more goals. I expect a stronger Dublin with a point to prove to quell all this talk."
Last five championship meetings
2019: Dublin 0-26 Kildare 0-11
2017: Dublin 2-23 Kildare 1-17
2015: Dublin 5-18 Kildare 0-14
2013: Dublin 4-16 Kildare 1-09
2011: Dublin 1-12 Kildare 1-11
Kildare have not beaten Dublin since the 2000 Leinster SFC final replay, which was also the last time they raised the Delaney Cup.
Since then the Dubs have won seven straight championship meetings, including four in the last eight years by an average margin of 16 points.
Even factoring in Dublin’s indifferent displays this summer, former Mayo defender Keith Higgins expects another one-sided encounter at Croke Park on Sunday.
Speaking on The Championship on RTÉ Radio 1, Higgins said: "Anytime you’re talking about a game with Dublin involved, it’s hard to see past them. Particularly with the way it has been (in Leinster) the last number of years.
"Before the semi-final I said I couldn’t see how Meath were going to bridge that gap. As it turned out, they put in a big second-half performance.
"At the same time, Dublin looked more like themselves in the first half.
"If you’re looking at Kildare over the last number of games, they beat Westmeath by two points and struggled a bit against Offaly. They have some good forwards in Daniel Flynn and Neil Flynn, who are playing really well and will cause Dublin some problems.
"But even with the names Dublin are missing, I just don’t see how Kildare are going to get too close to them.
"Dublin will go about their business as usual. You would hope it would be more competitive than in recent years but you just can’t see Kildare causing them any problems."
Dublin stick with the same team that started against Meath, with no Stephen Cluxton and Peadar Ó Cofaigh Byrne - who came off at half-time in that game - named at midfield.
Luke Flynn replaces the injured Kevin Feely in the Kildare midfield while Eoin Doyle is named at corner-back despite suffering a hamstring injury against Westmeath.
Dublin: Evan Comerford; Michael Fitzsimons, David Byrne, Jonny Cooper; James McCarthy, Brian Howard, Seán McMahon; Brian Fenton, Peadar Ó Cofaigh Byrne; Paddy Small, Ciaran Kilkenny, Niall Scully; Cormac Costello, Con O'Callaghan, Dean Rock.
Kildare: Mark Donnellan; Mark Dempsey, Mick O'Grady, Eoin Doyle; Ryan Houlihan, David Hyland, Kevin Flynn; Luke Flynn, Aaron Masterson; Alex Beirne, Fergal Conway, Neil Flynn; Ben McCormack, Daniel Flynn, Jimmy Hyland.
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