Taming the Rebel’s yell

by Gazette Reporter
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THE DUBLIN footballers will be looking to land three league titles in a row this Sunday when they take on Cork in the Allianz Leagues National League Division 1 final in Croke Park.

Jim Gavin’s side will be hoping to match the feat of a treble of league wins achieved by the Rebel County from 2010 to 2012 but will face a stern test against Brian Cuthbert’s men in red.

Na Fianna man Tomas Brady has been Dublin’s fourth-highest scorer throughout the league campaign so far and will be looking to add to his tally come Sunday.

He is fully aware of the task at hand against a Cork side who finished top of the league with 10 points.

“They’ve been very impressive, probably the in-form side in the country this year and most consistent,” he said.

“They had very tough fixtures in the league, I think they had four games up the north and adapted their style of play well. I think they learned a few lessons from the Munster final last year, to play a bit more defensive, not as much as other teams but they do bring some of their forwards back.”

Defensive football has been a topic of much debate this year, with so many teams, particularly from Ulster, operating with blanket defences, to limit the chances of attacking teams such as Dublin.

On the issue of defensive tactics, Brady said: “It doesn’t really exist in Dublin club football so really it’s up to us to find a way to break that down, it’s a great challenge for us and we’re working on it in training, trying to be creative.

“Because we know we’re going to be involved in a couple of games this summer where it’ll be 13 men behind the ball but it’ll be up to us to find ways to break that down, solve it on the pitch and adapt.”

Speaking of club football, next week will mark the beginning of the Dublin senior football championship and, with Na Fianna flying high in the league this far, unbeaten with three wins and a draw, Brady was also quizzed on his club championship hopes.

“I’ve played a couple of games with Na Fianna so far this year in the league and they’re going really well.

“It’s all focused on the championship within Dublin however; it’s the pinnacle of club football in Dublin.

“Obviously, in the league you try things out and that but it’s all about the championship and we’ve been disappointed with where we’ve reached in the championship in the last couple of years and we really want to step it up and go on a good run this year. We think we’re well equipped to do that.”

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