Dublin dominance could be a turn-off for neutrals, claims Trevor Giles

Meath football icon Trevor Giles believes that Dublin’s dominance of Gaelic football is becoming a problem and has predicted that neutrals will become bored and switch off their televisions.

Giles believes it’s a done deal that Dublin’s current 22-game unbeaten run will increase to 25 in the coming months as they pick up another routine Leinster championship title.

Meath are the last county to beat Dublin in the provincial championship, in 2010, and Giles claimed that Dublin were there for the taking in the 2013 final.

But in recent seasons Dublin’s dominance has extended nationally and they underlined their brilliance with an 11-point demolition of Kerry in Sunday’s Allianz league final.

Two-time All-Ireland medallist Giles believes that it’s getting to the point where neutral supporters will tune out from games involving Dublin because a one-sided match is likely.

“I think Dublin have just become dominant and I think they’re going to stay that way for a few years to come which, for a neutral, isn’t ideal. If Dublin are playing somebody, are you going to watch it? Because it’s going to be one-sided,” said Giles.

“I think a lot of the games Dublin will be involved in, you could say, ‘they’re going to win this game, it’s not going to be a contest’. So it’s great for Dublin but it’s probably a bit of a problem for the game and for people trying to promote it.

“How are you going to make it exciting or interesting?”

Meath, Kildare and Wexford have beaten or run Dublin close in the Leinster championship in the last decade though Giles acknowledged that the gap between Dublin and their rivals has lengthened considerably.

Dublin are the only Leinster team competing in Division 1 while Meath were fortunate to avoid relegation to Division 3 this year, where Kildare competed. Giles agreed that Dublin are unlikely to be troubled until the All-Ireland series this summer.

“I think you’d have to predict that, you’d have to say that. Donegal did beat them a couple of years ago but Jimmy McGuinness was in charge and had a bit of mystique about him and his system and all that. Once Dublin didn’t get early goals, Donegal got on top of them and it kind of unnerved Dublin but some of that was down to McGuinness’ mystique. Mickey Harte had that in the previous decade, a lot of mystique about him.

“But Donegal have lost that now because Dublin have beaten them a few times since and they’ve also beaten Kerry a few times so who is going to beat them?”

Giles recalled the 2013 Leinster final which Dublin eventually won by seven points after a late spurt of scores and claimed that they were vulnerable that day.

“Dublin didn’t really take us that seriously and we could have taken them actually,” said the ex-Meath selector. “We had six goal chances that day. We could have taken them that day.

“The following year they took us awful seriously and they beat us well. That was 2014 and they actually didn’t take Donegal as seriously as us that year. Against us, Cian O’Sullivan was back helping the full-back line, Michael Dara Macauley was back helping out so they wouldn’t concede goals. They didn’t do that against Donegal.”


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