Wednesday 28 September 2016

Maguire hits back at Keaney 'shambles' criticism

Barry Lennon

Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30

Gary Maguire; “It’s his opinion. He’s entitled to his opinion. He’s probably done more for Dublin hurling than anyone in the recent past.” Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Gary Maguire; “It’s his opinion. He’s entitled to his opinion. He’s probably done more for Dublin hurling than anyone in the recent past.” Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Dublin goalkeeper Gary Maguire has hit back at Conal Keaney's criticisms of the Dubs' SHC defeat to Kilkenny, suggesting the veteran hurler was auditioning as The Sunday Game's "new Joe Brolly".

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Keaney, who also hurls in Maguire's club Ballyboden St Enda's, called the performance on Saturday a "tactical shambles" on Twitter.

While Maguire acknowledges the forward's past service to the capital, he doesn't believe that his assessment of the 1-25 to 0-16 loss needs to be taken "too seriously".

"It's his opinion. He's entitled to his opinion. He's probably done more for Dublin hurling than anyone in the recent past," he said.

"But yeah, look, we can't influence what people outside the squad are going to say. I don't know - maybe he was looking for a 'Sunday Game' spot - the new Joe Brolly. I don't know."

However, Maguire concedes there are areas of the Dubs' game that could have been improved upon after Saturday's "disaster".

"We probably struggled a bit under the high ball. That's where Kilkenny really overpowered us and took a stranglehold."

Dublin's second-half capitulation came as a shock as they managed to be just one point behind the Cats at the break and following a comprehensive victory over Wexford in the championship.

"We were confident that we were going to take Kilkenny but the second half was just a bit of a no-show from us," he said.

"Just the first 10 minutes after half-time, Kilkenny got on top. If we broke even in that period, it could have been a different second half. But for those first 10 minutes, it was a bit of a disaster."

The 2011 All-Star winner could have done little from his position on the sidelines - a position he has become used to this year.

He will be hoping to make his first appearance in the championship in the All-Ireland qualifiers when Dublin learn of their opponents July 2.

Manager and former Cork 'keeper Ger Cunningham chose another man from Maguire's club for the No 1 jersey, Conor Dooley.

The 32-year-old insists he hasn't been knocking on Cunningham's door seeking an explanation.

"Like any player, I want to be playing... The way I left it was just, he's the manager. If he doesn't pick me, he doesn't pick me." Gary Maguire spoke at the launch of Toyota's YUKO car-sharing club

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