Thursday 17 August 2017

Buoyant Herity eyes Kilkenny scalp

Herity: “We’ve been performing very well for the last four months. Winning is a habit and we intend to keep on going now.
Herity: “We’ve been performing very well for the last four months. Winning is a habit and we intend to keep on going now." Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Dublin manager David Herity wants his team to play with no fear when they take on Kilkenny next Saturday week to conclude the group stages of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship in style.

A five-time All-Ireland hurling winner in the black and amber, Herity has enjoyed a positive opening season as a senior inter-county manager and after their 0-15 to 1-10 defeat of Waterford at Walsh Park, they are close to securing a top-three finishing position in Group 1 and a place in the quarter-finals at least.

They could still miss out however, if they fail to get anything from their clash with the champions, who were impressive in accounting for Galway by 2-10 to 1-8 at Kenny Park, Athenry. Clare could put a spanner in the works if they were to beat the westerners.

Aisling Maher (0-5) and goalkeeper Faye McCarthy (0-4) were in good form from placed balls for the Dubs - the latter despite playing with a stress fracture in her foot. Having started strongly with a couple of points from Emma Flanagan, Dublin were in charge for the majority of the game, until Waterford finished strongly with Beth Carton (0-5) punishing some indiscipline and Áine Lyng (1-2) finding the net late on.

Herity praised the players and called on them to draw on the positive memories from an excellent display against Kilkenny in provincial action to confirm their place among camogie's top six.

"There's a lot of ifs have to go wrong in order for us not to qualify but we know the only way of guaranteeing qualification is getting a result against Kilkenny," said Herity.

"I know it's easier said than done but the girls did brilliantly to get a draw against them in the Leinster championship before they beat us in extra-time.

"We've been performing very well for the last four months. Winning is a habit and we intend to keep on going now.

"We know how strong (Kilkenny) are and they have a few players back since then. Shelly Farrell is back and flying it in the corner. Clare got a draw against them last week so we know they won't be caught again."

Farrell confirmed Herity's observations with two major plays in the second-half to put Galway away in impressive fashion.

Anne Dalton and Katie Power drove the visitors on but in the second-half Farrell set up Michelle Quilty for a goal and then scored one herself to push Anne Downey's crew clear.

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