Offaly v Dublin preview

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Updated: March 6, 2011

Dublin hurlers travel to Tullamore on Sunday to take on Offaly in round three of the Allianz National Hurling League.

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Anthony Daly’s side have made an impressive start to the new season, beating All Ireland champions, Tipperary in the previous round of the league, before overcoming Kilkenny in the Walsh Cup Final last weekend. They also looked very good in their league opener against Waterford and should have taken full points, but allowed the Deise back into the game in the second half and paid the price.

Dublin will be boosted by the return of star forward,Conal Keaney, who missed the Walsh Cup Final through injury. Joey Boland and Tomas Brady are also available to Daly having recovered from recent injuries. Keaney was the main scorer in the Waterford and Tipp games so his return is a major plus for the Blues.

Offaly can call on Shane Dooley, despite the player receiving a red card in action for UL in the Fitzgibbon Cup last weekend. The suspension he picked up only relates to the third level competitions so he is free to line out for the Faithful county on Sunday. Having been well beaten by Galway two weeks ago, Offaly have plenty to prove at present and will not relish the prospect of facing an on form Dublin side.

The visitors have looked serious league contenders on their two starts to date and it is difficult to see Offaly stopping them in their tracks on Sunday. Anthony Daly’s side may not have it all their own way but it will be a surprise if they do not take full points.

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