Dublin and Roscommon should have firepower to progress to Under-21 football final

Preview: All-Ireland Under-21 Football semi-final – Dublin v Tipperary, Tullamore, Saturday, 4pm; Roscommon v Tyrone, Markievicz Park, Saturday 6.0, TG4

After making a grand total of five Munster under-21 finals in the first 44 years of the competition, Tipperary have been in seven of the last nine.

This year's crop still contains a handful of the All-Ireland minor-winning side from 2011 that caught Dublin at the death. Can they have enough to beat a team that contains 10 of last year's under-21 All-Ireland though?

It's not impossible obviously but Dessie Farrell's side look formidable. Quite how happy Farrell was to see his full back David Byrne left to get roasted by Conor McManus last Sunday would be worth knowing.

One way or the other, the Dubs look to have too much firepower.


DUBLIN: L Molloy; E Mullan, D Byrne, E Murchan; E Lowndes, C Mulally, R McGowan; S Cunningham, S Carthy; G Burke, A Foley, N Scully; C Costello, C McHugh, C Basquel. TIPPERARY: E Comerford; K Fahey, J Feehan, C O'Shaughnessy; R Mulcahy, L Boland, B Maher; S O'Brien, C O'Riordan; J Lonergan, I Fahey, L Casey; K O'Halloran, J Keane, P Maher

Roscommon v Tyrone Tyrone's Ulster title was long overdue, their first in eight seasons after a run of five titles in seven years. Their star names are on the sideline, with Peter Canavan and Brian Dooher backing up Fergal Logan, as well as S&C coach Peter Donnelly who has now won five Ulster titles in a row with Cavan and Tyrone. They look to have their work cut out here against a Rossies side dripping with talent, however. Enda Smith and Diarmuid Murtagh are the obvious stand-outs with Cathal Daly and Ultan Harney throwing into the pot as well. Should be theirs to lose. Verdict: Roscommon

Malachy Clerkin

Malachy Clerkin

Malachy Clerkin is a sports writer with The Irish Times