O’DYWER: DUBLIN NOT A GREAT TEAM TILL THEY WIN ALL IRELAND BY 7, 8, OR 10 POINTS
Dublin handed Kerry a hiding on Sunday in Croke Park, but even so there are still some who just won’t give Jim Gavin’s side the credit they deserve.
The it’s ‘only the league’ brigade had there say claiming Kerry will be a different animal come championship and that maybe so.
But yesterday’s win was a clear statement of intent by Jim Gavin’s side and the sobering thought for those detractors is it was achieved without the services of Diarmuid Connolly, Paul Flynn, James McCarthy, Michael Fitzsimons, Paul Mannion, Jack McCaffrey, Bernard Brogan, Kevin McManamon, Con O’Callaghan and Eoin O’Gara to name a few.
Despite yesterday’s 12 point annihilation of Kerry and the fact Dublin completed a three in a row of All Ireland titles last year, legendary player and manager Mick O’Dywer claimed today that he still won’t class Dublin as a great team yet.
O’Dywer was attending a civic reception in his honour in Killarney and when asked by RTÉ news for his opinion of the current Dublin team he said ‘Well at the present time they are an exceptionally good team, but they have only won All Ireland’s by a single point against Mayo, so until they hammer a team in an All Ireland Final by 7, 8 or 10 points, then I’ll say they are a great team.”
As much as the famous Kerry man is rightly admired for his record as a player and manager that statement came across as a little bitter and disrespectful.
Making a statement that a team that has won three All Ireland titles in a row can’t considered a great team because they have only won those said titles by a small winning margin is ludicrous, small minded and ungracious.
Although it’s another indication of how Jim Gavin’s sides dominance has really got under the skin of those from the Kingdom.
O’Dywer better hope his words don’t come back to bite him and his own county if they and Dublin get there, end up on the end of an All Ireland Final hammering from Jim Gavin’s troops.