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Published: 13:13 | 9/4/16

McGlynn wary of Dublin's front six

Donegal defender looks ahead to Sunday's Division 1 semi-final

Donegal defender Frank McGlynn says "there will be a different plan for Dublin" in Sunday's Allianz FL Division 1 semi-final.

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has made eleven changes from the under-strength side that edged past Roscommon 1-13 to 1-12 at Carrick-on-Shannon last Sunday.

David Byrne, Dean Rock, Brian Fention and Eric Lowndes are the only survivors from the win over the Rossies, with Gavin opting for a strong front six of Paul Flynn, Paddy Andrews, Ciaran Kilkenny, Dean Rock, Diarmuid Connolly and Bernard Brogan against Rory Gallagher's side at Croke Park.

"There's differences in the way teams set up. . . the way certain teams play against Dublin. . . with the six individual forwards they have, on a given day any one of them could pop up and be a game winner," McGlynn told the Irish Independent.

"It's a matter of trying to curtail all six. Usually it's an easier task when you're dealing with just two or three marquee forwards, whereas against Dublin all six forwards require equal attention, and that's what makes the job so difficult and that's why teams often adapt a defensive system against them."

The Glenfin clubman believes that Gavin will set Dublin up to match Donegal's defensive work-rate, and congest the space in midfield.

"They've adapted their style of play against ourselves and against more defensive teams, they're actually matching us defensively and it makes it even more difficult to break them down. They have six forwards that work seriously hard defending.

"In other games it might not be as evident that we're playing as defensively but against Dublin they can really punish you and put pressure on you as a defender coming out with a ball. It can look more defensive than it actually is."

Dublin football team v Donegal: Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Jonny Cooper, David Byrne; James McCarthy, Eric Lowndes, John Small; Brian Fenton, Denis Bastick; Paul Flynn, Paddy Andrews, Ciaran Kilkenny; Dean Rock, Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan.

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