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Start Diarmuid Connolly or not?

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Big decision for Jim Gavin to make for the semi final vs Tyrone. Does he start Connolly or not? From a neutrals point of view, i hope he does so we all get to see exactly how skillful he is and what he adds to this already lethal Dublin team. Tough decision for him, even by including Connolly in panel means that he has to leave someone out who has been killing themselves to stay in the 26. If yous were in Jim Gavins shoes, would yous start him or not?

monaghanman08 (Monaghan) - 11/08/2017 08:18:27    2032214

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Replying To monaghanman08:  "Big decision for Jim Gavin to make for the semi final vs Tyrone. Does he start Connolly or not? From a neutrals point of view, i hope he does so we all get to see exactly how skillful he is and what he adds to this already lethal Dublin team. Tough decision for him, even by including Connolly in panel means that he has to leave someone out who has been killing themselves to stay in the 26. If yous were in Jim Gavins shoes, would yous start him or not?"
Bring him in as an impact sub mid second half . Gets the crowd and team going.

I feel he's almost a liability for a black/red starting a game like this after so long gone and coming into what will be a very physical game. A game that will probably have a bit of off the ball stuff going on.

If I was Jim I just couldn't trust him. Superb player but his aggro is a liability in a game like this. Last thing they want is an early red and in fairness he's the most likely player on the dub team for that to happen to.

GameOfTyrones (Tyrone) - 11/08/2017 08:47:30    2032219

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Replying To monaghanman08:  "Big decision for Jim Gavin to make for the semi final vs Tyrone. Does he start Connolly or not? From a neutrals point of view, i hope he does so we all get to see exactly how skillful he is and what he adds to this already lethal Dublin team. Tough decision for him, even by including Connolly in panel means that he has to leave someone out who has been killing themselves to stay in the 26. If yous were in Jim Gavins shoes, would yous start him or not?"
I wouldn't start him personally , but would have absolutely no problem if Gavin did , for me having him back is a boost in itself , its win win , I can see him coming off the bench and if we are successful putting down a marker to start in the final.

Damothedub (Dublin) - 11/08/2017 08:55:51    2032222

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If Connolly is in form, fit and ready and ahead of others on the Panel in this regard at this time then I am sure Gavin will have no hesitations in playing him. If Gavin feels others are better prepared at this point then he may not start. Will be a pure football decision as you play the players who are in best shape for the upcoming game.

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - 11/08/2017 08:56:16    2032223

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I'd expect he will be on bench.

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - 11/08/2017 08:57:43    2032224

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I would expect Connolly to be on the bench I think it is going to be a close game whether he starts or not imagine the lift we will get when Connolly comes on with 20mins to go if we were a pt up or down, we know Jim likes to finish with a stronger team on the field than what has started.

jacktheDub (Dublin) - 11/08/2017 09:06:50    2032227

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If I was Gavin I'd put him on the bench and bring him in around 45 minutes. The game will be played at a fierce pace and he may not be up to it having had no game time this summer. Would give the crowd some lift to see him coming in.

If they get through then the final is another days work.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - 11/08/2017 09:27:59    2032233

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I think the decision on Connolly will in part be dictated by the fitness of Paul Flynn. I thing Dublin are going to need at least one of them on the pitch from the start, so if Flynn isn't fit then for me Connolly starts. If Flynn is then Gavin may hold him in reserve for a while until the game opens up, but I wouldn't be surprised to see both of them start.

AHP (Dublin) - 11/08/2017 10:46:45    2032270

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Start him. He must be chomping at the bit for this game since the Carlow game. He'll lack match fitness but he's still Dublin's best forward.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - 11/08/2017 10:52:11    2032271

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Pretty straight forward i think he will almost certainly start on the bench, Gavin will start with a conservative line up for the first three quarters then bring on a bit of pace and flair when the game is in the melting pot.

TheUsername (Dublin) - 11/08/2017 10:52:42    2032273

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I'd start him

He's been playing in the A V B games

Hugely competitive stuff against top quality

He's tailor made to slot right in there and his presence alone will draw players to him


Having Connolly back isn't a headache for Jim Gavin... it's a headache for Mickey Harte.

jimbodub (Dublin) - 11/08/2017 10:55:57    2032274

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Start him. It's a no brainer. Even if it took him a while to get up to the pace Tyrone will have two fellas on him and Dublin can use this to their advantage to open up space for the forwards to do damage. If you bring him on I'm sure Tyrone will welcome him to the game and he could react and get a black/red which would put us in real trouble. A difficult call one way or the other.

Joxer (Dublin) - 11/08/2017 10:57:12    2032275

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Replying To AHP:  "I think the decision on Connolly will in part be dictated by the fitness of Paul Flynn. I thing Dublin are going to need at least one of them on the pitch from the start, so if Flynn isn't fit then for me Connolly starts. If Flynn is then Gavin may hold him in reserve for a while until the game opens up, but I wouldn't be surprised to see both of them start."
Doubt both of them start.I'd say Connolly is on the bench at the start against Tyrone.

endgame (Roscommon) - 11/08/2017 11:06:56    2032279

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Replying To AHP:  "I think the decision on Connolly will in part be dictated by the fitness of Paul Flynn. I thing Dublin are going to need at least one of them on the pitch from the start, so if Flynn isn't fit then for me Connolly starts. If Flynn is then Gavin may hold him in reserve for a while until the game opens up, but I wouldn't be surprised to see both of them start."
Doubt both of them start.I'd say Connolly is on the bench at the start against Tyrone.

endgame (Roscommon) - 11/08/2017 11:09:44    2032280

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Replying To endgame:  "Doubt both of them start.I'd say Connolly is on the bench at the start against Tyrone."
Its a bit like a lad with a dodgy hamstring if you're going to play him it has to be from the start I'd say he's raring to go anyway and can you imagine the welcome he'd get from the Tyrone players if he was coming on as a sub I'd say he'd be "met" a few times on the way in which would probably lead to cards being brandished and more bullsh*t around the whole saga and before the Tyrone lads jump any team would do it

runnerin (Meath) - 11/08/2017 18:32:59    2032436

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Start if going as well as he normally would in training at this time of year, if not, leave him on the bench.

Gavin might leave him off ala Michael Ryan and Bubbles last year and spring him from the bench with 25 mins ago.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - 11/08/2017 21:50:41    2032474

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Throw him in just after the first scrap had ended so that none of the Tyrone lads are wired up enough to listen to his nonsense. Will work out best for him and keep his head on, lord knows he needs it

OverBlackSpot (Roscommon) - 11/08/2017 22:44:30    2032488

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In the last 10-5 mins

oakleafersir (Derry) - 11/08/2017 23:16:26    2032495

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Don't think he is good enough to start but could have a part to play coming off the bench long after the early 'exchanges' have been sorted out.

neverright (Roscommon) - 11/08/2017 23:30:54    2032498

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Off the bench, it would be a massive lift for the Dublin crowd to see him brought in during the game.

Marse (Dublin) - 12/08/2017 06:31:37    2032519

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