First round away to Laois in what would be three games in four weeks if we make it to the Leinster final .
This season is a little different. It will be more about utilising a panel of 23 or 24 + smartly and we might be best having some different starters in the early stages. If there was a game to take a little chance on a player, this might be it. ie: start a periphery player or a Mannion/Jack Mc to get proper game time.
They need games to keep the eye in tho, although some key players played an awful lot of league games. You’d hope mannion and jack might get a run, if we can get them both up to speed they’ll be serious assets.
First time since 1912 Dublin are playing a championship game against Laois in County Laois. Back then it was in Maryboro (I think O’Moore Park was built yet.)
I’m sure Dessie will put out a reasonably strong but there may be a couple changes. Mannion and McCaffrey getting some game time whether starting or coming on later off the bench would be beneficial for sure.
Three points that should be stressed in this game should be about accuracy, commitment and ruthlessness. There is a very good chance they can blow this open early on but its about going the full 70 minutes and turning in a full performance which was definitely a problem for a lot of the league.
I think in the 70s, (and possibly ever before?)alot of Leinster Champ games were played at neutral venues, some counties might’ve had reciprocal arrangements, and other use of the stadiums might have occasionally been a factor.
In the 80s and 90s I think it changed to home & away alternating arrangements for earlier rounds, then neutral venues for the semi-finals, and of course the final in PAC. As we know, Croker was considered a neutral venue for all county teams.
It may just have been by chance that Dublin and Laois never met post-60s & pre-00s in a year when Laois were due to play at home, and when the H&A arrangement was the system?