Given Con O’Callaghan’s importance to the Dublin players, it’s hard to say what his return from injury will bring to Koala as they strive for the Dublin SFC County title.
As the Metropolitans grappled their way through the county championships last summer and seemed firm on the ship after a frustrating league campaign that ended in relegation, the three-time All-Star was the focal point of the attack.
The Koala man had a 2-13 aggregate against Wexford, Meath and Kildare before injury. Having missed the entire league, he will not play any role in the knockout stages of the tournament.
Cork never seemed in danger of causing a upset in the quarter-finals, but at the same time, O’Callaghan Shorn’s attack didn’t threaten to raise a green flag either.
“Obviously the front line was a much more visible tool in O’Callaghan’s absence, their creative spark and a constant threat to any defense,” Tommy Conlon wrote. Sunday Independent.
Con v Clifford’s narrative dominated the semi-final confrontation with Kerry. Will both men be fit to play?
Even if we allow Dublin’s struggles to match the shape of previous years, the question surrounding O’Callaghan’s involvement seemed to be a turning point for many.
“If Con O’Callaghan and James McCarthy play, I’d prefer Dublin,” Colm O’Rourke predicted that this was the importance of the husband.
Only the kingdom spell was shown, performing as the best player of the match in a match that was decided with the last kick in the game.
It’s an oversimplification to suggest that the koala man would have helped the Dubs to their first heavyweight title win since December 2020, but in a match that was ultimately decided by one point, Dublin could have slipped below par. Loud forward site.
Either way, linebacker Kerry, who has suffered like many others at the hands of O’Callaghan and his teammates in the past, would have faced a more direct challenge.
Having recently returned to full fitness, the five-time winner of the All-Ireland Championship is back again to beat life as a double player. The Dalkey-based club remains involved in the final stages of the tournament in both symbols.
This evening, Koala will perform in the second quarter of the Dublin Football Quarter-Final Bill at Parnell Park (Live on RTÉ2 from 5.05pm) They will be a formidable underdog against the Killmacud Crooks.
O’Callaghan missed the first-round group game but made a powerful impact a month ago on his return to action, kicking 1-06 against Clontarf as he was overtaken by younger brother Niall, who finished the match 3-01 to his name. .
The last time they ended Lemon’s interest in the tournament as O’Callaghan was a pivotal character throughout.
The pitchers also benefited from O’Callaghan’s return to play. They are chasing a sixth county title in nine years, and they came back with a victory over Balliboden one last time to seal their semi-final qualification.
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O’Callaghan grabbed three points when serving after the break as Koala racked up five wins from five in the championship campaign.
Former Galway double Alan Kerns, who has managed the County and All Ireland club titles in both hurling and football with his native Clarenbridge and Salthill Noknakara, says it remains a manageable feat at club level as the management teams work together.
“I’m sure the club is accommodating a lot in terms of workload,” he told RTÉ Sport. “I’m sure managerial logic prevails to keep it fresh for both of them.”
Kerens, the Celtic Cross winner with the Galway players in 2001, says that while players for both teams from within the counties are taken to a vastly different era, the changing structure of the GAA calendar makes it more realistic for players who have feet in both camps at the club. level, although O’Callaghan’s case is more difficult with the level of the koala in the respective tournaments.
“From the boycott to the club season it makes it tighter, so they are under more pressure.
“The big clubs are very professional now in their preparations. When it’s match after match, and as you get older you can get injuries, it’s very difficult. Especially in the clubs that will be competing for honors at the end of the business season.
“One hit now and you’re out of both. The risk of playing both symbols means you increase the chance of getting injured and missing crucial parts of the season.”
O’Callaghan was undoubtedly a huge loss for the Dublin Fighters, and the intense excitement over rumors of a defection to Matty Kenny’s camp earlier this year prompted the manager to come out to confirm that no such event was about to happen.
A celebrity underage talent, a wider audience witnessed his small ball skill set as Koala grabbed back-to-back All-Ireland titles in 2017, leading Kilkenny legend Tommy Walsh to describe the talented striker as ‘Ireland’s best pitcher’.
This observation was made as the inter-county season closed for business, but it further emphasized the early talent.
“It was great to see him come through those Leinster and First Ireland campaigns,” says Kerns.
“He is a goal-scoring threat thanks to his direct running, football-style. He is very difficult with such strength, speed and no lack of skill. It is a tough demand for the club’s defender.”
Tribe teammate Daithi Burke is one of the few to combine his double-club career with the growing demands of an inter-county team vying for the highest honors, and O’Callaghan has never given up on his love of fling.
A week after finishing five in a row under Jim Gavin, the festivities were interrupted with fixed scenes over the County Throwing Championship and a quarter-final duel with Crocs.
“It’s a huge match for us,” he said at the time. “I’m going to be frustrated tomorrow night and want to go ahead with the Crocs game.”
He duly looted the Kilmacaud defense for 2-03 as they went on to demand more county honors.
Football’s first major title will be leading those inside the camp. In 2020, the top two were joined, but without promotion due to Covid, they came back again a year later and repeated the trick.
Crooks is the favorite to continue his journey and atone for last year’s dramatic All-Ireland Final defeat to Kilko, but the Koalas involved means a surprise and another step toward a piece of history that certainly isn’t out of reach.
Eighth-time All-Ireland Champion Mick Fitzsimmons solidifies the defense with Bidar or Kofi Byrne in third.
O’Callaghan’s brother packed attacking punches, duly assisted by Luke Keating, who scored 1-05 against Ballymun last time out.
Few outside of the diocese would pay koalas to take control, but Callahan’s presence alone makes it all the more attractive.
Watch live coverage of Na Fianna vs Whitehall Colmcilles and Cuala v Kilmacud Crokes in the SFC Dublin Quarterfinals on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player starting at 5.05pm