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Oisin McConville Would Be 'Shocked' If Dublin Win Sam Maguire

Oisin McConville Would Be 'Shocked' If Dublin Win Sam Maguire
By PJ Browne Updated
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Wicklow manager Oisin McConville says he would be "shocked" if Dublin win the All-Ireland Football Championship this year.

In their first game of the new All-Ireland SFC group stage on Sunday, Dublin drew with Roscommon at Croke Park.

Dublin had trailed by four points at the break against Davy Burke's side but came back into the game in the second half, and led late on. An injury time free by Donie Smith earned Roscommon a draw.

"[Dublin] just haven't performed," 2002 Armagh All-Ireland winner McConville told the BBC's The GAA Social podcast.

"Yeah, they put Louth to the sword the last day [in the Leinster final] but Louth were like a rabbit in the headlights in that game."

McConville said last week that he believes Galway will win Sam Maguire this year. Asked if he'd be surprised were Dublin to win it this year, for the first time since 2020, McConville replied, "Yeah, I'd be shocked."

28 May 2023; Dublin manager Dessie Farrell reacts during injury time in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1 match between Dublin and Roscommon at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile


"You keep expecting them to put in this massive performance," he continued, "but I don't think they have the capabilities of putting a run together to win it.

"I think they can take anybody out. I think they'll do damage; if they come up against a Galway in a one-off game, they could win it.


"I just feel that they don't have what it takes to put that run of three or four games together which is going to win them an All-Ireland.

"I feel there's always a poor performance around the corner. They're just struggling a little bit in a few positions at the minute.

"Even defensively, they are trying to protect that fullback line. They played at times [on Sunday] with two sweepers, and they were very advanced. There was still the chance of a ball in over the top.


"I'm thinking of some of the Ulster teams who would do a lot of damage to Dublin. I'm thinking of Galway who would do a lot of damage, and I'm thinking about, in particular, Kerry. If you give them that inside ball, they will just destroy you."

Dublin play Kildare at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny in their second group stage game on Saturday.

See Also: Colm Cooper Questions Crucial Roscommon Moment Against Dublin


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