Thursday, May 25, 2023

James O’Donoghue in action for Kerry.


A former GAA All-Star expects Roscommon to pose a serious test for Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday.

Two-time All-Star winner with Kerry, James O’Donoghue, was speaking on The Football Pod alongside former Dublin player Paddy Andrews and host Tommy Rooney, adding that if there’s to be an upset in the football championship this weekend, he feels that it could be in Croke Park.

“I think Roscommon will rattle Dublin. I definitely think they’ll put in a solid hour. I think they’re having a great year.

“Dublin are coming in having played lower-quality teams for the last five months. I don’t think they’re fully prepared. This is the time if anybody is going to catch them, beat them now and I think Roscommon will have an eye on that. If there’s going to be an upset this weekend, I think it will be Roscommon,” said O’Donoghue who won three National Football League crowns and one All-Ireland title with the Kingdom.

Former Dublin All-Ireland winner, Paddy Andrews, also felt that Davy Burke’s men would test the Leinster champions, although he expected his former team to prevail.

“I’ve been impressed with what Roscommon have done to date, what Davy Burke, Mark McHugh and their management team have done. They’re harder to play against. Their signature performance was that win against Mayo in Castlebar, how they managed the game.

“I think it will be a good game. It will be the best game of the weekend quality-wise, I feel. I do think Dublin will win this game, but Roscommon are going to make it very difficult. The good thing from a Dublin perspective is that the Roscommon forwards will ask serious questions of that Dublin defence,” he commented.


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