Dunphy braced for close Joe McDonagh Cup final

June 07, 2024

Laois' Aaron Dunphy. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Laois captain Aaron Dunphy expects ‘very small margins’ to decide tomorrow’s Joe McDonagh Cup final against Offaly.

The O'Moore County needed an injury-time goal to overcome their neighbours in the opening round, and Dunphy thinks it will be just as close at GAA headquarters.

“If we can perform, we're confident that we can win, of course we are,” he told gaa.ie

“But I'm sure Offaly will be thinking the very same thing. They'll think that if they can perform, they can win. Both teams have match-winners all over the field so, and this is a cliche again, but it really is going to be on the day. It's going to be very small margins that will decide this match.

“It's hard to gauge how the game will go, but the potential is definitely there for a shootout. And in the big open spaces of Croke Park and if you get decent weather, then it could be a very good game.”

The big prize on offer is a place in next year’s Leinster SHC, while the winners will also earn themselves a home All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-final against Cork. The runners-up will play Wexford in the other preliminary quarter-final next weekend.

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