Its Dublin v Cork in Croke Park throwing in at 7pm on Saturday, we preview the match along with all the latest team news and score updates.
The team news for Dublin is that neither of the Brogan brothers will be lining up at Croke park. Alan is continuing with his rehab from a hip injury, and Bernard too is only just returning from a lengthy absence and won’t be risked. James McCarthy however is in line to return after recovering from a hip injury.
The only two sides to have won both their opening two games in the division, they possess some of the most talented players anywhere in the country, and Cork look rejuvenated under new coach Brian Cuthbert, supporters hoping that the significant talent within the county can finally be poperly utilized.
It’s been a good start to the new season for the Rebels, an impressive 8 point win over Westmeath on the opening weekend was followed by another solid win at home to Kildare. Dublin will be another step-up however, not only in terms of the level opposition but it will also be their first away game this season. Exactly how they fare could reveal how much potential they have for this season; even if they don’t come away with the win, a big performance will give heart to the Cork fanbase ahead of the long season to come.
Dublin are coming off an all-conquering 2013 season, and will inevitably find it hard to live up to their achievements of last year. They’ve made a decent start to the new season however, a one point home win over Kerry to open their campaign and a 4 point win on the road to Westmeath have set them up well to defend their title, even if the performances have not been breathtaking. With two more eminently winnable home games to come, a win on Saturday could already all but secure Dublin’s place in the semi-finals, so maybe Cork might be worth a punt.
Dublin (NFL v Cork): S Cluxton; P McMahon, S George, M Fitzsimons; E Lowndes, J McCarthy, J Cooper; C O’Sullivan, MD Macauley; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, B Cullen; K McManamon, C Reddin, C Costello.
Cork (NFL v Dublin) – Ken O’Halloran; Alan Cronin, Eoin Cadogan, Noel Galvin; James Loughrey, Conor Dorman, Tomás Clancy; Aidan Walsh, Fintan Goold; John O’Rourke, Paul Kerrigan, Mark Collins; Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, John Hayes.