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Murphy rues Blues defeat

DUBLIN manager, Denis Murphy, had to face the RTE cameras. Before he did so, he didn't bother putting any make-up on the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior championship defeat to Offaly.

He found it hard to conceal his disappointment. "There's very little that can be said about that," he mused.

"We had the wind in the first half and we didn't perform. We effectively lost the game then. We had plenty of possession, but to only score four points with a breeze like that is just not good enough.

"Our first-half wides count nearly went into double-figures. Our attack just didn't function when it came to getting the scores."

Dublin conceded two goals against the tide. "They were soft enough goals, but I felt our defence played well," judged the Blues boss.

Last summer, Offaly pipped the Dubs by a point in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Dublin now face Cork away and Tipperary at home.

The county chief will be looking for a better return up-front.

"We left ourselves too much to do in the second half. We were there or thereabouts with one or two opportunities.

"But we didn't create enough clear chances for goals. And you won't win matches without doing that."