Éamonn Fitzmaurice outlines why Kildare’s game plan for Dublin will be different to last year

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Éamonn Fitzmaurice believes Kildare will throw everything they have at Dublin after employing a far more conservative game plan in last year’s Leinster final.

Dublin remain as the favourites to continue their domination of the Leinster Championship, but there is more belief than there has been in a long time that their rein could come to an end at the hands of Kildare.

Kildare were comfortably dealt with by the Dubs in last year’s final, but since then they have claimed a victory against their neighbours in the league while Dublin have lost their All-Ireland crown and suffered league relegation.

Former Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice was speaking on the RTE GAA podcast and predicted that Kildare will take a very different approach to the Leinster final this year.

Éamonn Fitzmaurice on Kildare’s plan of action.

“I think they’ll firmly believe. I don’t think Glenn Ryan is the type of personality who is going to be thinking about anything other than a win on Saturday evening,” Fitzmaurice said.

“Bearing in mind when you look back 12 months and they went into the Leinster final last year and it was kind of a containment policy. Maybe the appreciation wasn’t still clear that Dublin really were on the wane at that stage.

“We’d been talking about it but the evidence was presenting itself bit by bit until Mayo finished the job last year. There’s a freedom for the players in really going at the Dubs. They have the players to cause Dublin problems.

“It’ll have to be the Kildare that played against Louth rather than the Kildare that played against Westmeath because if they’re as lax as they were, defensively in particular, against Westmeath they’ll go to town on them.”

Dublin will be eager to reassert themselves.

Dessie Farrell’s side have looked more like themselves in recent weeks as they bounced back from their league relegation with thumping wins against Wexford and Meath.

Kildare should prove to be tougher opposition for Dublin, although the Lilywhites were far from impressive in their narrow Leinster semi-final win against Westmeath.

The Lilywhites also suffered relegation from Division One of the Allianz Leagues, although they did impress with wins against Dublin and Monaghan while they also snatched a draw against Kerry.

Dublin will be very eager to prove that loss to Kildare in the league isn’t representative of where they are as a team and today provides a golden opportunity to do just that.

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