SFC Dublin v Donegal preview

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Updated: August 27, 2011

Destiny can work with you or against you. Inspire or hinder you. For Dublin this weekend is another step towards their destiny as they face Donegal in Croke Park for a place in the All Ireland Football Final against Kerry.

Yet as the capital faces into another Sunday showdown one element is missing. Hype. This time the powerful Dublin machine is humming rather than shouting aloud.

Their ruthless destruction of Tyrone in the quarter final showed a mean streak that many thought Dublin lack. Now they need to show they have the bottle to get the job done in a place that has seen countless Dublin dreams die in the Croke Park sunshine.

To get to this stage Dublin have been showing their hand with every passing game. Many people thought Tyrone would halt the Dublin march, however Dublin showed with the likes of Bernard Brogan and Diarmuid Connolly they are a tough team to stop.

Naming an unchanged side speaks volumes for the faith that Pat Gilroy has in his team. He has kept them on a tight leash to get to this stage. Sunday could be when the chains come off Dublin.

However standing in their way is a Donegal side that are not here to make up the numbers. Like Dublin, Donegal has the talent but in the last few years lacked the few yards mentally to make the push for glory.

Jim McGuinness deserves a lot of credit for moulding Donegal into a team good enough to challenge for Sam. They now have a well oiled game and are high on confidence coming into Sunday. The one worry is the lack of experience that they have on huge days like Sunday.

That is why the vote goes to Dublin. Talking to the players and management you can feel and see the focus they have. They badly want that All Ireland final with Kerry but aren’t looking beyond Donegal.

Drive, desire and destiny. Three key factors that will define Sunday’s showdown. Come Sunday night Dublin will be a step closer to their destiny.

Dublin (SF v Donegal): S Cluxton; C O’Sullivan, R O’Carroll, M Fitzsimons; J McCarthy, G Brennan, K Nolan; D Bastick, MD Macauley; P Flynn, B Cahill, B Cullen; A Brogan, D Connolly, B Brogan

Donegal (SF v Dublin): P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn; A Thompson, K Lacey, K Cassidy; R Kavanagh, N Gallagher; M McHugh, M Hegarty, R Bradley; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden

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