Dublin Must Strike Right Balance Between Defense And Attack Against All Ireland Champions Cork
Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Group 2
Dublin v Cork
Saturday 6th of July
Venue: Parnells GAA Club, Coolock
Referee: John Dermody
Frank Browne has made one change to his Dublin Senior Camogie team for tomorrow’s visit of All Ireland Champions Cork in round three of the Liberty Insurance All Ireland championship.
Coming into the side is Martha O’Donoghue in place of Ellen McGovern. Besides the personnel change there is a raft of positional switches to the team also.
Deirdre Johnstone switches corners in the full back line with Orla Gray, captain Róisín Baker and Emma O’Byrne do the same in the half-back line and Aisling Carolan drops from midfield to the centre back position.
Against Waterford Carolan was partnered with Laura Twomey who moves to centre-half forward for tomorrow’s clash with All Ireland champions Cork.
That’s sees a new midfield pairing of Gráinne Quinn who played centre back against The Déise and she will be joined by Orla Beagan who moves from top of the left to the Dublin engine room.
Martha O’Donoghue takes over the number 10 jersey with Ali Twomey switching to the other wing and Aisling Maher who was named at centre half forward the last day moves into the centre-forward position with Kerri Finnegan switching to left corner-forward.
The loss to Waterford the last day means Dublin can’t afford anymore slip-ups if they are to make the knockout stages of this year’s championship.
Dublin’s scoring return the last day was particularly poor with just 1-05 scored over the 60 plus minutes of action and that type of return will not win the upcoming games including tomorrow’s.
A heavy defeat against Kilkenny in the Leinster championship where Dublin shipped six goals on the day resulted in a change to a more defensive set-up for the All Ireland series.
But on the evidence of their opening two games that shift looks too drastic and unbalanced with too many players dropping deep and the two forwards left up top becoming isolated and outnumbered and as the quality of the opposition is rising each week the scoring return is plummeting.
That’s not a criticism of the players but more so the current team set-up and tactics being deployed. After conceding six goals against The Cats it’s understandable that the Dublin management needed to address the issue of not leaving the full-back line exposed.
But against Cork they must get the balance right between defending and getting forward in enough numbers to create scoring opportunities or it will be a repeat of the last day with attacks breaking down because of lack of numbers in forward positions.
The action gets underway in Parnells GAA club in Coolock at 4pm and for those who can’t make it to the game there will be LIVE updates of all the action over on the We Are Dublin GAA Twitter feed @wearedub
Dublin Starting 15:
1. Ciara Tierney
2. Orla Gray
3. Eve O’Brien
4. Deirdre Johnstone
5. Róisín Baker
6. Aisling Carolan
St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh
7. Emma O’Byrne
8. Gráinne Quinn
9. Orla Beagan
10. Martha O’Donoghue
Ballyboden St Endas
11. Laura Twomey
12. Ali Twomey
13. Sinéad Wylde
14 Aisling Maher
15. Kerrie Finnegan
16. Dara Cooke
17. Alex Griffin
18. Ali Maguire
19. Aoibhe Dillon
20. Ciara Carolan
St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh
21. Ellen McGovern
22. Emma Flanagan
23. Emma Gray
24. Niamh Rock
25. Siobhan Kehoe
26. Niamh Gannon
27. Faye McCarthy
28. Miriam Twomey