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Kenny predicts a great future for goal ace Cronin after sealing back-to-back wins


Colm Cronin scores the first Cuala goal. Photo: Sportsfile

Colm Cronin scores the first Cuala goal. Photo: Sportsfile

Colm Cronin scores the first Cuala goal. Photo: Sportsfile

Mattie Kenny was adamant that Colm Cronin has "a great future with Cuala and a great future with Dublin" after his outstanding display in last Saturday's Dublin SHC final.

Cronin struck for a goal in the fourth minute of Saturday's victory over Kilmacud Crokes, the game's opening score. He finished the day with 1-3 in a classy performance at the apex of the Cuala attack.

Earlier this year, Cronin opted out of the Dublin panel, deciding to spend the summer travelling after completing medical exams in UCD.

Cronin had been used only sparingly by Ger Cunningham, having established himself as a favourite of Anthony Daly's in the final year of his managerial term.

"Colm is a good lad," Kenny beamed after a second Dublin title on the spin was secured in Parnell Park on Saturday evening.

"He was doing degree exams last year and took a bit of time out.

"But he has a great future with Cuala and he has a great future with Dublin.

"He's a really outstanding talent."

All year, Kenny has had to deal with a raft of potentially debilitating absentees, with so many players involved with Dublin at both senior and Under 21 level.

Yet the Galway native reckoned the necessary exposure of more players to Division 1 League hurling during this summer would have a positive affect on the standard of hurling right through the club.

"We're trying to build depth in Cuala at adult level," he explained.

"Our second team is Division 5. All the top clubs (second teams) are playing senior B and Intermediate.

"We want to try and get our teams up to that level. And it's a great opportunity for them to be playing senior League, week in and week out.


"And it's only a matter of time before our second and third team are coming up. And Cuala need that depth.

"We need those players coming through. So it can be a disadvantage having so many players with Dublin but it can also be an advantage in terms of bringing in the other guys.

"So it didn't cause us much problems really."

Cuala have just a week to celebrate and prepare for another assault on the Leinster club Championship, beginning next Saturday against Borris-Kilcotton back in Parnell Park.

"I didn't see it, but I heard that Laois county final was a classic two or three weeks ago," Kenny noted.

"So we're under no illusions about what we're facing.

"But we weren't looking any further than today. And there was lots of evidence out there as to why."