All-Ireland champions Dublin kicked off their Allianz National Football League campaign this evening when they entertained Kildare at Croke Park.
The home fans would have been hoping for a positive result and performance from Jim Gavin’s side, given the disappointing 12-point loss in the curtain raiser where Offaly dismantled Pat Gilroy’s Dublin hurlers.
Although things started off on a poor foot for the footballers, conceding a goal through uncharacteristic defensive errors, they have since overturned the deficit and taken control.
A sweet left-footed strike from Bernard Brogan which sailed over the bar was a real eye-catcher.
It was Kildare’s opening score of the game, however, which may come as a cause for concern to Gavin and his management team.
A high ball was floated in and presumed, wrongfully, by the Dublin defence to be sailing wide. When Kildare’s Luke Flynn was the only man to read that the ball was going to stay in play, all he had to do was catch it and beat Stephen Cluxton. Flynn found a way for the ball to the net through the legs of Cluxton.
With Dublin having not lined out with any regular senior players in the O’Byrne Cup pre-season competition this year due to the fact that the Sam Maguire Cup winners were on a team holiday at the same time, perhaps the lapse in concentration could be put down to pure rustiness from the off-season.
Check out the goal for yourself in the clip below:
Kildare’s Luke Flynn gets the opening goal! pic.twitter.com/EeEvyN6xOB
— The GAA (@officialgaa) January 27, 2018