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'It’s not David and Goliath, it’s David and Goliath’s biggest brother' - Lillis on Dubs challenge

The Laois manager has perfectly described the challenge facing his side against Dublin on 4 June.

Gary Walsh celebrates his goal for Laois against Wicklow last night.
Gary Walsh celebrates his goal for Laois against Wicklow last night.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

LAOIS BOSS MICK Lillis has outlined the scale of the task facing his side against Dublin in the Leinster SFC quarter-final on 4 June.

Laois will start as rank outsiders for the Nowlan Park clash after stuttering past Wicklow at O’Moore Park in their first round fixture. 

“It’s not David and Goliath, it’s David and Goliath’s biggest brother,” said Lillis, when asked about the challenge that lies in store.

“There’s a monster there, it’s been well-documented, the different reasons why it’s there.

“If you were looking in there today, you’d be saying, there’s not much point in Laois going to Nowlan Park.

“But life’s not like that, you go and you put your best foot forward.”

And Lillis admitted that Wicklow hitting 0-18 against Laois is a bad omen as a lethal Dublin attack could do far greater damage.

You’d be terrified! If we defend like that, Dublin will be gone out the gate after 15 or 20 minutes. They won’t even look behind them. Dublin would destroy us on that performance and probably would destroy anybody.

“That’s just the way it is. We hope that we won’t be as poor but it’s going to be hard to stop them.

“To be honest with you, stopping Dublin is a mammoth task and I don’t know if there’s anybody capable of doing it, never mind us.

“As somebody said to me after the game, the pick of the four teams wouldn’t beat Dublin and they’re probably right.”

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