Donie Shine previews league finals

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Updated: April 24, 2011

With the start of the 2011 Senior Football Championship less than a week away,the only remaining business in this season’s league,is to crown the winners of the various divisions. The highlight of the weekend is undoubtedly the meeting of Dublin and Cork at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon.

This game is a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland Semi-Final,in which the Munster men just shaded the verdict. Dublin had looked the stronger side for much of that contest and only gave best in the final ten minutes. With Cork going on to win the championship,Pat Gilroy’s side will clearly feel that it was a lost opportunity and they will be keen to avenge that defeat on Sunday.

Dublin have been the form side all season and have looked very impressive in the league. The two counties met in round two and Gilroy’s side took the points after a 3-13 to 0-16 victory. The Dubs have been scoring plenty of goals all season and that has been winning them matches. They will need their forwards at the top of their game again this weekend as they face a strong Cork defence. Aidan Walsh played a pivotal role in Cork’s All-Ireland success last year and his absence on Sunday will be a big blow to the rebels. It also seems likely that Paul Kerrigan will miss the final due to injury. Cork need their best fifteen on duty if they are to win the title and for that reason I am tipping Dublin to win Sunday’s match.

Paths to the final

Cork

Cork 0-17 Kerry 1-13

DUBLIN 3-13 CORK 0-16

Cork 1-15 Monaghan 1-12
Cork 3-17 Down 0-15
Cork 0-16 Galway 0-13
Mayo 1-13 Cork 0-14
Cork 2-15 Armagh 1-12

Played 7, Won 5, Lost 2

Average For: 1-16; Average Against: 0-16

Dublin

Dublin 2-12 Armagh 1-11

DUBLIN 3-13 CORK 0-16

Dublin 3-10 Kerry 1-15

Dublin 0-13 Monaghan 1-9

Dublin 4-15 Mayo 3-13

Dublin 2-10 Down 0-13

Dublin 2-9 Galway 0-15

Played 7, Won 6, Drew 1

Average For: 2-12; Average Against: 1-13

Head-to-head 2011

Dublin 3-13 Cork 0-16, Croke Park, February 19.

It marked the start of the ‘Spring Series’ in Croke Park and turned into a great night for Dublin who won by six points after scoring the same amount (2-5 and 1-8) in either half. Nine Dublin players scored in a game where they led by 2-5 to 0-8 at half-time. Dublin cut the deficit to a point in the 50th minute but a goal by Barry Cahill set Dublin on their way to their second League win of the season.

Scorers: Dublin: B Brogan 0-6 (0-4 frees), T Quinn 1-1, K McManamon 1-0, B Cahill 1-0, D Lally 0-2, D Bastick 0-1, D Connolly 0-1, J McCarthy 0-1, B Cullen 0-1.

Cork: D Goulding 0-5 (0-2 frees, 0-1 ‘45’), P Kelly 0-3, P O’Neill 0-3, D O’Connor 0-2 (0-1 free), A Walsh 0-1, F Goold 0-1, D O’Sullivan 0-1.

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Previous Cork v Dublin League Finals

1999 – Cork 0-12 Dublin 1-7 (Pairc Ui Chaoimh)

1989 – Cork 0-15 Dublin 0-12 (Home final) (Pairc Ui Chaoimh)

1952 – Cork 2-3 Dublin 1-5 (Home final), Croke Park

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROLL OF HONOUR

19 – Kerry (1928-29-31-32-59-61-63-69-71-72-73-74-77-82-84-97-2004-2006-2009)

11 – Mayo (1934-35-36-37-38-39-41-49-54-70-2001)

8 – DUBLIN (1953-55-58-76-78-87-91-93)

7 – Meath (1933-46-51-75-88-90-94)

6 – CORK (1952-56-80-89-99-2010)

5 – Derry (1947-92-95-96-2000)

4 – Down (1960-62-68-83)

4 – Galway (1940-57-65-81)

2 – Laois (1927-86)

2 – Tyrone (2002-2003)

1 – Armagh (2005)

1 – Cavan (1948)

1 – Longford (1966)

1 – Monaghan (1985)

1 – Offaly (1998)

1 – Roscommon (1979)

1 – Donegal (2007)

Paths to the final

Cork

Cork 0-17 Kerry 1-13

DUBLIN 3-13 CORK 0-16

Cork 1-15 Monaghan 1-12
Cork 3-17 Down 0-15
Cork 0-16 Galway 0-13
Mayo 1-13 Cork 0-14
Cork 2-15 Armagh 1-12

Played 7, Won 5, Lost 2

Average For: 1-16; Average Against: 0-16

Dublin

Dublin 2-12 Armagh 1-11

DUBLIN 3-13 CORK 0-16

Dublin 3-10 Kerry 1-15

Dublin 0-13 Monaghan 1-9

Dublin 4-15 Mayo 3-13

Dublin 2-10 Down 0-13

Dublin 2-9 Galway 0-15

Played 7, Won 6, Drew 1

Average For: 2-12; Average Against: 1-13

Head-to-head 2011

Dublin 3-13 Cork 0-16, Croke Park, February 19.

It marked the start of the ‘Spring Series’ in Croke Park and turned into a great night for Dublin who won by six points after scoring the same amount (2-5 and 1-8) in either half. Nine Dublin players scored in a game where they led by 2-5 to 0-8 at half-time. Dublin cut the deficit to a point in the 50th minute but a goal by Barry Cahill set Dublin on their way to their second League win of the season.

Scorers: Dublin: B Brogan 0-6 (0-4 frees), T Quinn 1-1, K McManamon 1-0, B Cahill 1-0, D Lally 0-2, D Bastick 0-1, D Connolly 0-1, J McCarthy 0-1, B Cullen 0-1.

Cork: D Goulding 0-5 (0-2 frees, 0-1 ‘45’), P Kelly 0-3, P O’Neill 0-3, D O’Connor 0-2 (0-1 free), A Walsh 0-1, F Goold 0-1, D O’Sullivan 0-1.

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Previous Cork v Dublin League Finals

1999 – Cork 0-12 Dublin 1-7 (Pairc Ui Chaoimh)

1989 – Cork 0-15 Dublin 0-12 (Home final) (Pairc Ui Chaoimh)

1952 – Cork 2-3 Dublin 1-5 (Home final), Croke Park

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROLL OF HONOUR

19 – Kerry (1928-29-31-32-59-61-63-69-71-72-73-74-77-82-84-97-2004-2006-2009)

11 – Mayo (1934-35-36-37-38-39-41-49-54-70-2001)

8 – DUBLIN (1953-55-58-76-78-87-91-93)

7 – Meath (1933-46-51-75-88-90-94)

6 – CORK (1952-56-80-89-99-2010)

5 – Derry (1947-92-95-96-2000)

4 – Down (1960-62-68-83)

4 – Galway (1940-57-65-81)

2 – Laois (1927-86)

2 – Tyrone (2002-2003)

1 – Armagh (2005)

1 – Cavan (1948)

1 – Longford (1966)

1 – Monaghan (1985)

1 – Offaly (1998)

1 – Roscommon (1979)

1 – Donegal (2007)

DONEGAL V LAOIS

The feature game is preceded by the Division Two Final between Donegal and Laois at 2.00. Both of these sides met in the final round of the regular competition two weeks ago,and Laois emerged with the points on that occasion. There was very little between the teams that afternoon and a similar scenario can be expected this weekend. Originally I was siding with Donegal to win this game but recent reports of injuries within the camp have swayed me towards the Leinster side. Niall McGee and Kevin Cassidy look like missing out for Donegal, while star forward,Michael Murphy has picked up a dead leg and is struggling to be fit. While the latter will most likely make it for Sunday, he will need to be at his very best for this game.

Laois have made excellent progress under Justin McNulty this season, and had looked one of the better teams in Division Two right from the outset. They led the way after their first three matches and were hugely impressive against Derry in Celtic Park. They then lost out narrowly to Kildare in Newbridge and suffered a home defeat to Tyrone. However,they got their season back on track by winning their final two games,and that win over Donegal last time was a huge boost ahead of this weekends final. It is a tough ask for McNulty’s side on Sunday but with the doubts surrounding a number of the Donegal players, I have to give the vote to Laois.

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