Former Derry star and RTE pundit Joe Brolly has claimed Donegal and Jim McGuinness have gotten under the skin of Dublin.
In his column with the Gaelic Life, Brolly recalled that in the aftermath of the Dublin’s clash with Laois he was in the tunnel speaking to Dublin team doctor Pat Hickey.
Brolly claimed that Dublin star Paul Flynn walked past him and said “Keep talking Donegal up Joe.”
It reminded Brolly of another conversation he had with another Dublin star a few months previous to that meeting with Paul Flynn.
At an awards ceremony in Dublin, Bernard Brogan approached Brolly and said we would’ve beaten Donegal in 2012.
Brolly wrote, “Watching them slowly suffocating Derry in Celtic Park a few weeks ago, I found the following question going around in my head, “Is there any reason Donegal cannot beat the Dubs?”
“Their defensive system is the most effective in GAA history. The five man screen in front of the six defenders is ingenious.
“Their counter attacks are precise and deadly.
Brolly added, “Very little can go wrong with the McGuinness template.
“Of course, he needs to get through Ulster first, in a final that is guaranteed to be a delight for puke lovers.
“But if he does that, Donegal are slated to meet the team that cannot be beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Brolly believes the prospect of the two locking horns in an All-Ireland semi-final is mouth watering, but also states the that if the match-up happens the future of football will be at stake,
“It is a game that will be of the utmost significance for Gaelic football, colouring managerial philosophy for the next decade.
“Dublin’s beautiful game versus the cold laws of physics.
“The Donegal machine appears to be back in working order, thwarting all known forms of football.
“The Dublin players know it is waiting for them.
“Brogan, Flynn and the lads can feel it in their bones.
“Jim Gavin best start preparing. The future of football is at stake.Tags: