Everything needs to click for Kildare to prevail but Dublin look the complete package
Variety of attacking options makes Jim Gavin’s side very difficult to contain
What Dublin can improve on is the quicker delivery from midfield. Michael Darragh Macauley tends to burst past two or three players first, and that makes it harder for the players inside to position themselves, but still, so far, they’ve been living up to all the expectations.
Kildare also lack any standout leaders. Dermot Earley had that in his prime, but now they’re still looking towards Johnny Doyle, when they could really do with a few more leaders, especially in defence. If Kildare pull all of that together on the day then they have a chance, but otherwise Dublin look the complete package and that will see them through.
Meath against Wexford, in the first semi-final, could definitely go either way. I suspect something is happening in Meath, when players like Joe Sheridan and Brian Farrell are coming off the bench, and Mick O’Dowd is clearly building towards a younger, faster team.
Wexford won’t fear them, have some exceptional forwards, and a good record in Croke Park, but my gut feeling here is for Meath.
Cavan deserve great credit for bringing on such a young fit team to this evening’s Ulster semi-final, and while Monaghan’s experience and hardened campaigns make then a more difficult prospect, I fancy Cavan to maintain that momentum for another day.
London have to do it all over again against Leitrim but the Exiles may have left the chance of making the Connacht final behind them the last day. Tyrone, Derry, and Armagh should advance in the qualifiers but Galway will want to tread warily against Tipperary or else that might provide the one upset.