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Dublin's displays havelifted city spirits - Dave 

DAVE DUNNING went up to congratulate Laois on their win. He walked back across the pitch to the Dublin dressing-room.

It was raining in Athy. And there were tears too. But, despite the pang of a lost semi-final, the Dubs boss said there were many positives to be taken from the season.

"We have 30 players in our squad representing clubs all over the county. That bodes well for the future of Dublin camogie," stressed Dave.

"There's no lack of talent in the county. And, hopefully, Dublin camogie will continue to get stronger.

"Over the last three years, this group have helped to lift the profile of camogie in Dublin. We were Junior A champions, and we have been reaching semi-finals and finals.

"If young people see that, they will want to be part of something like this and that can only help the sport. This panel of players have been a beacon for camogie in Dublin in the last few seasons."

Croke Park on a September afternoon would have been a lovely journey. It wasn't for the want of trying.

"I can't fault the effort of the players. The better team won on the day. Things just didn't go right for us in the last 15 minutes."

And Dave reflected that it all came down to inches. "It's the little things that make the big difference in sport.

"We were happy enough at half-time. After getting the two goals, we had the momentum. But then a Laois free rebounded off the post and they got a goal from it. That's the way it goes.

"Laois are a quality side. And they have strength of character. They didn't drop their heads after they conceded those two goals. And when they got their second goal, they pushed on."