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Colm Cooper refuses to rule Dublin out of All-Ireland chase amid Con O’Callaghan’s return

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Colm Cooper is not writing Dublin off yet.

Former Kerry All-Ireland winner Colm Copper has claimed that Dublin are well in the hunt to claim another All-Ireland title this year, despite their dreadful start to the season in the Allianz National Football League.

Dessie Farrell’s side were relegated to Division 2 of the National League, succumbing to their fate alongside Leinster rivals Kildare, who defeated them in Newbridge earlier on in the campaign

But Dublin shook off their league form on Saturday evening in their Leinster Championship opener away to Wexford, defeating the Slaneysiders with a totally dominant scoreline of 1-24 to 0-04.

“A couple of months ago, people were really panicking about Dublin..”

Speaking on the Sunday Game, Cooper explained that the Dubs are still alive in their chase for an All-Ireland title, with Con O’Callaghan beginning to find his feet after a recent injury.

“I think Dublin were good [against Wexford],” Cooper began. “The rehabilitation has started, and they were probably stung with a bit of the criticism that came their way during the [National] League.

“But I think that was justified, to be fair. I think they are back in a better space now, and when you have Con O’Callaghan back on the field that always gives you a chance.

“A couple of months ago, people were really panicking about Dublin, but I remember being on a show, saying that it was time for calm. Once they get all their bodies back, they’ll still be a force, so I wouldn’t be ruling them out.

“Wexford just could not match them and you could see there was a big gap between the two teams. Dublin are on their way back, and when it comes to it, they will still be knocking around.”

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Dublin’s upturn in fortunes.

While Dublin’s fortunes may be looking far more positive than before, they do still need to claim a scalp if they are to really catapult themselves back into the All-Ireland picture.

They also learned their opponents for the Leinster Championship semi-final on Sunday night, and will face Meath in a provincial semi, with the venue and date TBC.

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