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Cian O’Sullivan made his long awaited return to the blue jersey last Saturday night in Croke Park

Cian O’Sullivan Says The Dublin Footballers Are Aware Of What They Need To Do

 

It’s been a few year since Jim Gavin’s men lost two league round games. 2015 to be precise. For all the fact lovers out there, that year the Dub’s lost both their Round 1 and Round 3 games. Like a carbon copy of this year so far.

An opening day defeat to Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn started proceedings. But was followed by a 2-10 to 0-11 victory over Donegal in Croke Park. Drawing another comparison it was a Round 3 visit to Kerry where Dublin suffered their second loss of the year. But back then it was Fitzgerald Stadium. They returned to Croke Park the following week and mustered a draw against Tyrone. And from there they ran the home stretch winning their remaining three fixtures, still finishing in second position. Even now with the League rule change Dublin would still qualify for the League Final on that campaign. Depending of course on other results.

With defeats to Monaghan and Kerry brushed under the proverbial carpet, Dublin have picked up four league points this year. And this weekend is an opportunity to build on that in the first of their remaining three games. Dr Hyde Park will be the stage for Dublin to face Roscommon where the Dubs haven’t been since 2016. In that Round 7 game Dublin left having won the game by a solitary point. Granted Jim Gavin’s team went through the 2017 League rounds unbeaten until the final. And quite frankly a loss there would have had no bearing on the league table.

That said, there will be some pressure on Dublin to get three results now and make the League Final. And veteran Kilmacud Crokes defender Cian O’Sullivan is aware of the focus needed.

O’Sullivan Finally Makes His Return

The Dublin fans watched O’Sullivan return last Saturday night for his first start of the year. He holds a special accolade as one of three players to start in every All Ireland Final Dublin have been involved in this decade. And sharing that piece of history with Stephen Cluxton and James McCarthy only proves how rare and unbelievable it is. And since leaving Croke Park hobbling in last year’s final, Cian has got married. Between that and his hamstring recovery it’s been a longer road back this season than most others.

“I was a few weeks after the rest of the lads, just two weeks after so I’ve been kind of catching up and carrying a few kind of niggles that I just wanted to get bedded down and seen to properly,” he told the Independent.

But admitted he’s very pleased to get the shout and will do whatever it takes to get more game time ahead of this year’s Championship.

“Yeah, just panned out that way that the game on Saturday night was the first game that I was available for selection and delighted to get in and play a full game and get nearly 82 minutes with injury time and everything in so yeah, that’ll do me the world of good and hopefully I’ll get another couple of games under my belt in the next few weeks.”

It’s Time To Focus On The Job Ahead

Dublin have been in the last six league finals, winning five, with the one defeat to Kerry by a single score in 2017. And with Dublin having a slower start again this season, people are wondering if this could be another year where they are dethroned.

“As with every game, we’re going into it to try and pick up the two points and put in as best a possible game as we possibly can” Cian declares. “And the boys have that motto that we focus on our performance and the result will look after itself so that’s always the key focus but you can’t ignore prospects of a League final and the League table.”

“It’s something that’s not openly talked about or communicated by the management to the rest of the team but in the back everyone’s head we knew that if we’ve any hope to get to the League final we probably need to be pulling out results for the rest of the games and probably need one or two other results to go in our favour.”

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