Dublin are favorites to regain the All-Ireland SFC title if ace forward Con O’Callaghan is available for this Sunday’s delicious semi-final game against old rival Kerry, according to Wexford boss Shane Roche.
There are serious doubts as to whether O’Callaghan, who missed the quarter-final win over Cork a fortnight ago, will be fit to return for Dessie Farrell’s dubs and Roche insist his inclusion is a “complete game-changer” in terms of goal by Sam Maguire.
Roche was in the opposite corner when his model squad fell to an O’Callaghan-inspired Dublin in a clash against Leinster SFC in late April – as the Cuala powerhouse fired 1-6 from the game – and he recognizes the threat posed by the three -time All-Star even more than most.
“When Con plays it makes such a big difference, it’s a big game changer,” Roche said. “And if he plays Kerry, Dublin is the favorite for All-Ireland and he’s possibly footballer of the year.
“The handicap against Cork was 12 points and if Con didn’t play I felt like they weren’t going to match that. He will take your primary man marker and Kerry would have to assign Jason Foley to him.
“That obviously frees up some of Dublin’s other key strikers. Even when he’s not on the scoreboard, he’s such a good ball winner and so unselfish that he’ll ced it to a third- or fourth-man runner.
“He’s a direct runner and obviously Dublin will create a lot more scoring chances with him on the pitch.”
Meanwhile, David Clifford is believed to be able to play on Sunday despite picking up a minor leg injury against Mayo, but Jack Barry is still in doubt with the calf injury that kept him out of the Mayo game.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/game-changer-con-ocallaghan-makes-dublin-favourites-for-the-sam-maguire-41820186.html Game-changer Con O’Callaghan makes Dublin favorite for Sam Maguire