Thursday 24 August 2017

Rebels will look forward to meeting Galway

Dublin's Liam Rushe
Dublin's Liam Rushe

Cyril Farrell

Dublin got their season back on track with a gutsy win over a Limerick side who have gone backwards this year.

You have to admire how Dublin stuck at it and never gave in, despite the fact that Limerick looked certain to win the game.

Liam Rushe moving to centre-back has made a massive difference and he controlled everything at the back, while in front of him Paul Ryan was in great form. He was almost impossible to defend against.

Liam Durkan also impressed and Dublin proved that they have the stomach for the fight. It had been a rocky season up to now, but that was a big win for them and for Ger Cunningham as well.

It's been a hugely disappointing season for Limerick, especially after pushing Kilkenny so close last year. They're back to square one.

They'll play in Division 1B next year, which isn't ideal, considering the belief that was in the county.

Had Cork lost to Clare, you'd probably be saying similar things about them, but they impressed.

It was an intriguing battle in the middle third and as soon as Cork got the upper hand there, they always looked likely to sneak it. Patrick Horgan was brilliant, while Cormac Murphy and Aidan Walsh lorded the half-back line.

Cork found it easier to pick off scores, while Clare didn't take their goal chances - much like Waterford.

I had expected Clare to do well this year and they'll be bitterly disappointed with how it has panned out for them.

The Cork supporters demand a lot of their teams and they answered some of those critics.

They've got a lot of momentum behind them now and they'll look forward to a meeting with Galway.

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