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Eamonn Fitzmaurice singles out Dublin’s main weakness

Eamonn Fitzmaurice

Former Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice believes Dublin’s lack of impact from the bench should be the All-Ireland champions’ main concern.

Dublin were crowned as Leinster football champions for the 11th year in-a-row on Sunday, but the reigning All-Ireland champions haven’t looked as convincing this year as they have in recent years.

Fitzmaurice was speaking on RTE’s The Sunday Game and pointed out that their replacements aren’t having the same impact late on in games as they have throughout their recent period of domination.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice on Dublin’s lack of firepower on the bench.

“The one question I’d have about them [Dublin] is in terms of their bench. You see the comparison from 2017, to 2018 to 2021 and the type of players that are coming in,” Fitzmaurice said.

“The last time they played Kildare in a Leinster final, the bench delivered seven points from play for them. This year, they got one, through Ryan Basquel.

“That’s possibly one area they aren’t as strong in as they were, but their work rate and the way they are tackling proves they are not ready to give it up just yet.”

The Dubs’ lack of impact late on.

Dublin have often pulled away from teams late on in the second half over the last six years or so, but if anything, the opposite has been true for Dessie Farrell’s men in the championship so far.

While the Dubs didn’t need to blow away Kildare in the closing stages of the game to win the Leinster championship, their semi-final performance against Meath was more eye-opening.

The reigning All-Ireland champions took an 11-point lead into half time in their game against Meath, but the Royals fought back valiantly in the second half to get within six points by the final whistle.

While the alarm bells certainly won’t be going off in the Dublin HQ just yet, there are some signs that the Dubs aren’t quite as strong as they have been in recent years.

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