Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dubs Look like Men on a Mission to Capture Biggest Prize of Them All; EVERY WEDNESDAY IN ASSOCIATION WITH BREAFFY HOUSE RESORT

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dubs Look like Men on a Mission to Capture Biggest Prize of Them All; EVERY WEDNESDAY IN ASSOCIATION WITH BREAFFY HOUSE RESORT

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Byline: Peter Canavan

A SIGN of a good team is that they are quick to exploit any weaknesses or short fal ls in the opposition.

During Sunday's Leinster final Wexford's lack of mobility in midfield and lack of pace in the fullback line was cruelly exposed by the Dubs.

If Dublin's forward line division looked timid and light-weight against Westmeath there was no signs of it against Wexford.

Their movement off the ball and link-up play was of the highest order.

If they are going to lift the big one in September they will want to maintain this ruthless efficiency.

Ten minutes into the second-half Dublin were in a very similar position to that of Armagh.

Whereas Armagh were content to sit back and defend a lead, Dublin's all-out attack method paid greater dividends.

After Dublin's initial game in the championship versus Louth I passed comment on the positive demeanour of their players.

During Sunday's awesome performance we had more of the same with players' sole focus on playing the ball and getting on with the game the way it should be played.

Granted, it's easy to play in such a positive mode when everything is going to plan and if Dublin can keep this mentality when things aren't going their own way then they will prove difficult opposition for anyone.

Whilst there were many positives about Sunday's game, none more so than the free-scoring Diarmaid Connolly.

However one still has to ask questions about Dublin's strength in depth.

Against Westmeath Paul Flynn made his championship debut but did not see the second-half.

The same fate befell another young prospect Kevin Nolan against Wexford.

When the younger players on his bench are struggling to perform in the Leinster championship it will be a major gamble to throw them in against the likes of Kerry and Armagh on bigger days. …

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