Dublin go into Sundays encounter with Laois as red hot favourites to advance to the Semi Finals of the Leinster Senior Football Championship.
The sides a last meet in 2012 where Dublin edged past Laois on a score line of 1-12 to 12 points. Laois will be missing a number of key players from the side of two years ago. Cahir Healy, Brendan Quigley and Pauric Clancy are three high profile players who are now no longer involved with the Laois panel. Colm Begley who plays his club Football with Parnell’s is expected to start following his omission from Laois’s line up in their opener against Wicklow.
Dublin manager Jim Gavin is however not underestimating the potential threat of the O’Moore men. “Laois have a pretty formidable midfield unit. You have Darren Strong attacking from wing back so they’re quite a dangerous team and as I say, they’re our biggest threat now.”(Source Sky Sports) Dublin will have a vast array of talent to choose from with Cormac Costello impressing in the league campaign he is expected that he will make his championship bow potentially in the starting 15.
Dublin enjoyed a successful League campaign in Division 1 eventually winning the league title, where as Laois had a mixed campaign in Division 2 where they needed a win in their final game to avoid relegation. However Laois manager Tomas O’Flatharta remains optimistic of his side’s chances of advancing. He spoke to the Leinster Express
“They’re the All-Ireland champions, they’re the league champions and they’re Leinster champions. They’ve been moving very well for the last year or two.
“They’re trying to retain the All-Ireland title as well but I don’t think there is any team in the country who is unbeatable. They way we go into any game is we go in with a positive attitude and we go into every game with a view of winning it.
“And that’s the way we’re going to approach this game as well. I’ve a lot of faith in these lads and I think they have a lot of belief and confidence in their own ability.” (Hogan Stand)