Dublin and Donegal on another collision course

After the dust has settled on their provincial final victories, thoughts are now turning to the prospect of Dublin and Donegal meeting in the All-Ireland football semi-final.

Of course, both counties have to jump the quarter-final hurdle first, and their respective managers are wise enough to adhere to the old maxim that you “take one game at a time.”

That said, a clash in the last-four on 31 August would lack nothing in intrigue, as two different styles collide on the hallowed turf of Croke Park.

It would evoke memories of their semi-final encounter in 2011 – a game certainly not for the footballing purists – a tie that the Dubs squeezed through on a 0-08 to 0-06 scoreline.

RTÉ analyst Kevin McStay is already anticipating another coming together at the end of next month. “That’s what the public are thinking of in their head,” he explained.

McStay was in Croke Park on Sunday to see Dublin cruise past Meath in the Leinster final and was full of praise for the way Jim Gavin’s side went about their task.

“It was the perfect game from Dublin,” he added.

“They were just brilliant. It’s the best I’ve seen this particular team ever play.”

As to who can stop the Dubs, McStay singled out the Ulster champions.

“It’s going to take someone like Donegal with that blanket defence challenge – a challenge that they [Dublin] are going to have to face at some stage.”

Donegal’s win over Monaghan in the Ulster decider (third success in four years) was, in the view of McStay, most deserved. He feels the side are now firmly back on track as they head to the All-Ireland series.

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