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McConville Explains Why Louth Have 'Great Chance' Against Dublin

McConville Explains Why Louth Have 'Great Chance' Against Dublin
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Oisín McConville believes there is a chance that Louth could beat Dublin in this Sunday's Leinster football final.

Dublin were lacklustre in their semi-final victory over Kildare, and McConville feels Louth's defence could frustrate the Dubs even more than the Lillywhites.

'Louth are better organised than Kildare'

"The reason why I think Louth have a great chance is I still think Dublin have a bit of an issue breaking down that mass defence," McConville, the current Wicklow manager, told the BBC's The GAA Social podcast.

"I think Louth are better organised than Kildare; not necessarily better footballers but better organised. They make the most of the individuals that they have.

"I think that makes it very difficult for Dublin. If they are more efficient than they have been on the counter-attack, it gives them a chance. I still think Dublin will win it, but it gives them more of a chance. I think they'll stay in the game longer than we saw either Sligo [against Galway] or Clare [against Kerry].

"Ideally, for Louth, Dublin would have blown Kildare away. Now they've seen that performance, there's a good chance that there will be a lot of soul-searching done, and they will be a lot sharper this weekend than they have been.


"That's the real worry for Louth. What Dublin team is going to show up? They got their warning the last day, and sometimes when a team that good gets a warning... Dublin are nowhere near where they have been."


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30 April 2023; Louth manager Mickey Harte, left, and selector Gavin Devlin before the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final match between Louth and Offaly at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

It's 13 years since a team other than Dublin won the Leinster title. 2010 was the year Meath controversially defeated Louth in the decider.


"What would a provincial championship mean to Louth? People are still talking about 2010 and how that ended," said McConville.

"My in-laws still bring that up on a half-regular basis. Regardless of how much I try to counsel them, they still want to harp back to 2010. It would be ideal if they did go ahead and win this weekend because then they could talk about something more up-to-date.

"It would be brilliant for them. People have always heard me talking about Louth, 'The players are there. It just needs to be organised and it has to be important to play for Louth'.


"At no stage did I think it was just as simple as those few things, but they are so important. They have somebody (Mickey Harte) in now who they all respect. They are playing for him.

"They are well-organised. They know what they are about. Every day that they go out, they seem to be more impressive. They are not the finished article but they have come a long way."

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