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Croke Park, Dublin 3, Ireland
16 July 2017 , kick-Off (4:00 PM Local)

Leinster Senior Football Championship Final 2017

Team News:-

Dublin:- Stephen Cluxton; Darren Daly, Michael Fitzsimons, Eric Lowndes; James McCarthy, Cian O’Sullivan, Jack McCaffrey; Brian Fenton, Ciaran Kilkenny; Niall Scully, Paul Mannion, Con O’Callaghan; Paddy Andrews, Eoghan O’Gara, Dean Rock.

Kildare:– Mark Donnellan; Mick O’Grady, David Hyland, Ollie Lyons; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doule, Keith Cribbin; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Fergal Conway, Niall Kelly, David Slattery; Paddy Brophy, Daniel Flynn, Cathal McNally.



2015: Dublin 5-18 Kildare 0-14 (Leinster semi-final)
2013: Dublin 4-16 Kildare 1-9 (Leinster semi-final)
2011: Dublin 1-12 Kildare 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)
2009: Dublin 2-15 Kildare 0-18 (Leinster final)
2002: Dublin 2-13 Kildare 2-11 (Leinster final)

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Kildare boss Cian O’Neil has indicated that he plans to be more defensive against Dublin this Sunday in the Leinster final.

Having impressed in an open game against Meath in their previous encounter, O’Neil knows that to get any success Kildare cannot be as open as they were against Meath. O’Neil knows his side will not have faced anything like what they will face on Sunday.

“We’ve been playing quite well this year, obviously we’ve had a few speed bumps along the road, up in Derry and the league final where we under-performed, but by and large we’ve been fairly happy with how we’ve performed in each match,” he said.

“Now we’ve never met anything like the level that Dublin can play to and to be fair we’ve never met a Division 1 team yet (this year) so that has to be factored in.

“But we’ve invested a lot of time, energy, hard work in getting our game-plan right that suits the players that we have, which is a uniquely different squad to what we had last year.

“Will we be more defensive minded? Of course we will. Will we need to put in 20 or 30pc more intensity? Of course we will. That won’t change, of course you will. You’re playing the All-Ireland champions, two-time champions, but we’ll still play attacking football. I suppose the real challenge will be to get the balance right between the two.

Dublin are bidding to create history by becoming the first county to win the Leinster title for seven successive years. Kildare are bidding to win the title for the first time since 2000.
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During the past 18 months progress has been made, but there is no disguising the fact that Sunday’s date in Croke Park will be revealing.

It will show Kildare where they truly stand so that is why the Lilywhites are relishing the opportunity to examine themselves against Dublin.

Jim Gavin’s charges have set a scarily high standard in Leinster claiming 11 of the last 12 provincial crowns.

A seven in a row can be completed this weekend, but Kildare are intent about delivering a serious display at GAA headquarters.

Kildare certainly learned plenty of valuable losses during their two most recent Championship encounters with Dublin.

Nine goals were leaked in the 5-18 to 0-14 and 4-16 to 1-9 defeats so the importance of a solid Kildare start cannot be overstated.

Cian O’Neill’s team, though, took huge encouragement from the manner in which Laois and Meath were dealt with en route to this decider.

At the penultimate stage Kildare had the power and pace to beat Meath soundly.

Undoubtedly Dublin represent a step-up, but there was enough in that display to suggest Kildare can be competitive.

Daniel Flynn has registered 2-7 in two games, while Cathal McNally is also motoring smoothly contributing 1-6.

Kevin Feely is adept at centrefield alongside Tommy Moolick and Kildare will need to disturb Dublin in this vital sector.

Dublin’s willing runners scamper forward from deep at every opportunity so how Kildare deal with this issue will be crucial.

Jack McCaffrey, Brian Fenton, and James McCarthy can hurt teams through sheer direct running and Kildare need to cope adequately.

Paul Mannion was in splendid scoring form during Dublin’s emphatic Semi-Final victory over Westmeath.

Dean Rock will punish any defensive fouling from Kildare so it is an afternoon in which the Lilywhites must be dynamic and disciplined.

Even without the suspended Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin’s attack carries a potent threat so Kildare must combine graft with craft so captain Eoin Doyle’s role will be significant.

While the future glimmers with promise for Kildare following a string of successful underage outfits what truly matters is the present. Kildare must summon a gritty performance against Dublin, but that is a considerable task.


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