Saturday 1 October 2016

Dublin hurlers confident ahead of Deise test

Published 08/03/2016 | 02:30

Cian O’Callaghan highlighted the importance of the right mental attitude. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cian O’Callaghan highlighted the importance of the right mental attitude. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Dublin's demolition job on Cork sets them up for a daunting challenge away to Allianz Hurling League champions Waterford on Sunday.

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The hotly contested Division 1A environment allows for little breathing space, but the 4-21 to 2-17 result against Cork has given the Dubs a real confidence boost.

Cian O'Callaghan, last year's Dublin under-21 captain and a member of the Dublin senior title-winning Cuala team, highlighted the importance of the right mental attitude.

"After the Galway match we knew we were there or thereabouts. We were at the pitch of the game.

"Having Liam Rushe back for Galway made a big difference and again out there for Cork. We had a few big hits, a few big collisions and we kind of set the tempo from the start.

"In the Tipperary game we were just completely lacking in intensity. That was kind of evident for anyone to see.

"It was just a mindset change. We're trying to get to that intensity in every match and just keep trying to do that.

"You're not going to change as a player in a week physically. Your hurling's not going to change, so it's all just about trying to get that mindset right," said O'Callaghan.

Preparations are now under way for the battles to come.

"The way the League is, with five matches, if you lose your first match, you're straight away under pressure.

"We talked about that a bit, that we just can't get into that relegation battle. If we keep performing like we are, we probably won't be," said O'Callaghan.

Manager Ger Cunningham was very satisfied with the result but does not want to see a repeat of the two late goals Cork scored in injury time.

"You must play to the final whistle.That won't suffice in tighter games."

Irish Independent

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