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Dublin should have too much for Tribe minus Port' players

DUBLIN v GALWAY

(Parnell Pk, Tomorrow 12.45)

IT'S 12 months since Galway hurlers came to Donnycarney, saw a Dublin side seriously pumped up for battle and were duly conquered by 12 points.

John McIntyre kept his players in the dressing room for a long time afterwards, delivering a series of audible home truths -- and it seems the Galway boss gave his players some more of the Alex Ferguson 'hairdryer treatment' after their Walsh Cup semi-final victory over Offaly last weekend.

"That wasn't a tongue-lashing," he insisted after watching his team hold on for a three-point win, having led by nine at one stage. "I was challenging the Galway squad and saying 'Look lads, there's more in you but we've got to concentrate for the full 70 minutes.'"

The same lack of concentration proved a fatal contagion when it really mattered, against Waterford last July.



PERFORMANCES

The result tomorrow is of far less importance, but both McIntyre and Dublin's Anthony Daly will be hoping for positive performances from their understrength teams on the cusp of another National League campaign.

Clearly, Galway aren't the same potent force without their Portumna crew, even though Joe Gantley staked an impressive claim with 1-6 from play against Offaly.

Dublin's attacking options are also seriously weakened, with the likes of David O'Callaghan, Liam Rushe and David Treacy all college-tied for the Walsh Cup. The college rule explains why all three of the above, along with Tomás Brady, Oisín Gough and Joey Boland will instead be togging out in tonight's SH challenge against Tipperary at Russell Park.

In their absence, though, Dublin were still strong enough for Wexford last weekend on a day when Shane Ryan (1-1) gave his best performance yet since returning to the small-ball camp. They might sneak this one, too.

VERDICT: Dublin


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