Saturday 25 March 2017

Kelly: Dubs should not fear Kilkenny

Peter Kelly. Photo: Sportsfile
Peter Kelly. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

DUBLIN hurlers should have 'no inferiority complex' when it comes to Kilkenny, according to Peter Kelly.

Kelly featured for the Dubs' senior side that was demolished by the Cats in Croke Park last Sunday and also lined out when the county's U-21 side recorded a deserved six-point success over their Kilkenny counterparts in Nowlan Park on Wednesday night.

"There was no sense in us having an inferiority complex," said the Lucan Sarsfields man.

"We had beaten Kilkenny in the 2007 Leinster minor final, and most of the players from that match were on the two teams on Wednesday night.

"That gave us a lot of confidence. Of course, we were given no chance by most people, and the fact that Kilkenny were such red-hot favourites provided us with an additional incentive to come out on top."

A total of seven players, Kelly, Oisin Gough, Liam Rushe, David Treacy, Ronan Walsh, Paul Schutte and Finn McGarry are part of Richie Stakelum's U-21 team and Anthony Daly's senior squad, while the victory over the Cats also sees Dublin into their sixth successive Leinster final at the grade, which, Kelly believes, is the perfect tonic as Daly's side prepare for a qualifier campaign.

"It has always been the case that the U-21 side takes a lot of encouragement when the county senior side does well and vice versa," said Kelly, who plays in attack for the seniors, but at wing-back for the U-21s.

"So I'm sure that the U-21s' victory over Kilkenny will be a big boost for the seniors' match in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

"I know senior hurling is different to U-21 hurling, but still, to beat a team of Kilkenny's calibre and in their own backyard shows that there are plenty of good hurlers in Dublin."

Irish Independent

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