Dublin Boss Jim Gavin gives us an update ahead of this Sunday Leinster Championship Final
We’re only days away from another Leinster Championship Final and preperations are in full swing for Jim Gavin and the Dublin Senior Footballers as they get ready to face Laois this weekend.
DUBSTV took time to catch the boys in blue going through their paces ahead of the game and spoke to Jim about the mood in the camp and his thoughts on their Final opponents.
The player have had two excellent weeks of training and the Dublin boss admits there’s a great energy within the group. A few players have returned from injury which will add to Dublin’s momentum.
He talks about how good it is to have Bernard Brogan back in full training, who has done trojan work behind the scenes to get back to fitness. He also pays tribute to Keeper and Captain Stephen Cluxton, who is on the road to recovery following his injury in the Semi Final and is determined to play his part.
While the teams maybe worlds apart, Laois did the job in the National League, winning Division 4 and gaining promotion to Division 3. They are currently on an unbeaten run that started at the beginning of the year. They seeking their first championship win over Dublin since 2003’s Leinster semi-final, which was also the last time they won the Leinster title.
Dublin have beaten Laois seven times since then, the most recent coming two years ago.
PATHS TO THE FINAL
Dublin 4-25 Wicklow 1-11
Dublin 2-25 Longford 0-12
Dublin’s Top Scorers
Dean Rock 2-08 (7f)
Ciaran Kilkenny 1-11
Brian Fenton 1-07
Laois 2-21 Wexford 1-18 (aet)
Laois 4-13 Westmeath 1-12
Laois 0-12 Carlow 0-8
Laois’ Top Scorers
Paul Kingston 3-06
Donie Kingston 1-10 (6f, 1-0 pen)
Ross Munnelly 0-10 (8f)
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2016: Dublin 2-21 Laois 2-10 (Leinster quarter-final)
2014: Dublin 2-21 Laois 0-16 (Leinster quarter-final)
2012: Dublin 1-11 Laois 0-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2011: Dublin 1-16 Laois 0-11 (Leinster quarter-final)
2007: Dublin 3-14 Laois 1-14 (Leinster final)
PREVIOUS DUBLIN v LAOIS LEINSTER FINALS
2007: Dublin 3-14 Laois 1-14
2005: Dublin 0-14 Laois 0-13
1985: Dublin 0-10 Laois 0-4
1963: Dublin 2-11 Laois 2-9
1959: Dublin 1-18 Laois 2-8
Dublin are bidding to win the Leinster title for an 8th successive year.
Jim Gavin is in his sixth season as Dublin manager; John Sugrue is in his first term as Laois boss. Dublin have won the last four Leinster finals by an average of just over 13 points, beating Kildare by nine last year, Westmeath by 15 in 2016 and by 13 in 2015 and Meath by 16 in 2014.
Dublin’s Allianz League (Division 1) and Leinster Championship Record this year is: Played 10, Won 8, Drew 1 (v Galway Round 6), Lost 1 (v Monaghan Round 7)
Laois’ Allianz League (Div 4) and Leinster Championship record this year is: Played 9, Won 9.
Laois were the last county to prevent Dublin scoring a goal in a Leinster final. In 2005 Dublin beat them by 0-14 to 0-13 in the decider. Since then, Dublin have scored a total of 24 goals in 11 finals.
(Video Credit: DUBSTV via YouTube)