Gavin isolates Kerry tie

by Staff Reporter

DUBLIN football manager Jim Gavin has declared himself unconcerned with the strength or the hunt for revenge of league final opposition Kerry, preferring to focus on his own side than their traditional rivals ahead of a feisty looking match-up.
The two sides met on the opening night of this year’s league season at Croke Park, with two Dublin goals – scored in the first period by Paddy Andrews and Diarmuid Connolly – proving the difference as Dublin won by 2-14 to 0-14.
“I think in the first game we were probably maybe a week ahead of them,” Gavin recalls. “At that time in the season, back in January, both sides had breaks in momentum coming into the game, and I wouldn’t read too much into it. I think this game’s going to be very competitive.
“How the opposition approach the game, if they have some emotional attachment to the game or they’re looking for some kind of revenge for the All-Ireland final, that’s not something we really look at in our preparation,” he said of the rivalry.
“All I can do is a prepare my players as best I can, to facilitate their ambitions and try to get them to be the best they can be representing their club and county on Sunday.
“We’ll take the game in context,” Gavin continued.
“It’s a game in isolation, and we’ll treat it that way on Sunday and see how it works out. Hopefully we’ll get the result.
“There’s a lot of history and for a modern day player there’s a lot of focus on the present.
“I think in any given day, not only Dublin Kerry, but with the top teams in division one or at the top of division two, every team has the capability to beat each other, on the right day. What’s in the past is in the past.”
Dublin go into the game with a full panel of players to pick from.
“We have a full compliment to select from this weekend, which is a great position to be in,” Gavin said of his highly-rotated squad ahead of the game. “We have to give credit to our sports and fitness team who’ve got them in this position.”
Should Gavin’s Dublin side win on Sunday, their unbeaten run in league and championship will extend to an astonishing 22 games, and see the Dubs bring home their fourth consecutive national league title. Few will be betting against them.

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