Derry possess firepower to trouble Dublin
All-Ireland MFC semi-final Dublin v Derry Croke Park, 2.0 Live TG4
Dublin will seek to advance to their first All-Ireland minor football championship final in five years when they face Derry in Croke Park tomorrow.
While Dublin have enjoyed a wealth of success at senior and under-21 levels in recent years, their record at minor level is relatively disappointing. Tomorrow’s contest hands Dublin a great opportunity to progress to a final meeting with Kerry, although Derry will be equally confident of prevailing after an Ulster championship campaign they dominated.
They were buoyed by a narrow 0-18 to 1-14 win over a fancied Tyrone side initially and eased past both Antrim and Cavan with high-scoring performances. They are not too reliant on any one player for scores, with Richie Mullan, Ben McCarron, Lorcan McWilliams and Paddy Quigg all chipping in regularly and the wide expanses of Croke Park may suit their propensity to attack.
Dublin are no shrinking violets in that regard either, with James Doran, Ross McGarry and David Lacey match-winners in their own right, but their attacking unit malfunctioned alarmingly in their laboured quarter-final victory over Clare earlier this month.
Consistency has eluded them, most notably in their first round Leinster win against Meath in which they trailed by 10 points at half-time, and they took the foot off the gas in the second half of the Leinster final against Louth, albeit with the benefit of a 2-11 to 0-5 interval lead. That same trait betrayed their collective talents against Clare and there is no question Derry possess far more firepower to punish these inconsistencies.
The Ulster champions will also seek improvement after they struggled to get over the line against Sligo in their lasteight clash, eventually prevailing by 1-13 to 0-15. Assuming they have rectified those issues, Derry look a more solid outfit and could well trouble a Dublin defence that has yet to be truly tested.