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Dublin go for goal against Kerry

By John Campbell

The theory that goals win matches has been given enhanced credence as the All-Ireland football championship has unfolded.

And Dublin manager Jim Gavin is among those who admit that a goal or goals can have a profound influence on what course a game takes.

When Mayo met Donegal in the last eight, Cillian O'Connor and Donal Vaughan pounced for early goals that effectively defused the All-Ireland champions' challenge and paved the way for a handsome Mayo victory highlighted by the fact that no fewer than 13 players scored.

Then in last Sunday's semi-final, Mayo capitalised on a 47th minute penalty award with Alan Freeman tucking the ball out of the reach of Pascal McConnell to trigger his side's victory surge.

Now Gavin is hoping that his side will benefit from a goal or goals against Kerry on Sunday although his approach to the game is somewhat tinged with apprehension.

In their quarter-final win over Cork, Dublin created seven clear-cut goal opportunities but only managed to avail of one of them.

"While we did not take many of our chances against Cork, nonetheless the fact that we engineered the opportunities in the first instance was a source of encouragement for us," explains Gavin.

"Had we taken even some of our goal chances we would have won by a much greater margin but having said that we still did enough to win."

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, M Griffen, S Enright; T Ó Sé, P Crowley, F Fitzgerald; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; Darren O'Sullivan, Declan O'Sullivan, J O'Donoghue.

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