Monday 16 September 2019

Gilroy: We have serious amount of work to do

Dublin 1-12
Laois 0-12

Bernard Brogan tries to stir Dublin into action in last night's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash at Croke Park which the All-Ireland champions won, 1-12 to 0-12. Photo: Brian Lawless
Bernard Brogan tries to stir Dublin into action in last night's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash at Croke Park which the All-Ireland champions won, 1-12 to 0-12. Photo: Brian Lawless

MARIE CROWE at Croke Park

PAT GILROY last night blasted his misfiring Dublin team after they scraped a win against Laois to book a semi-final meeting with Mayo, saying that if the reigning All-Ireland champions play like that again they will be out of the championship.

"We'd too many misses and were not as good going forward," fumed Gilroy after the unimpressive 1-12 to 0-12 win. "They're the best opposition we've met, they were very well organised and we didn't deal with it. We've a serious amount of work to do to get it right and it's not where we want to be in terms of performance."

Gilroy admitted that Dublin have a lot of areas to focus on before the semi-final, especially taking their chances and making possession count. Dublin have four weeks left before they are back in Croke Park and key man Alan Brogan is in a race to regain fitness. The forward injured his troublesome groin yesterday before the game and didn't start.

"He did a bit of damage to it yesterday and he'll have to get it scanned again. He was just kicking the ball it just wasn't right. The plan was that he'd start but he was in pain when he kicked the ball so he'll have to get it looked at again."

Laois manager Justin McNulty, meanwhile, completed his two-year term and in the next few weeks he'll meet with the Laois panel to discuss his future, which will ultimately be in the hands of the county board.

Laois lost their Leinster championship opener to Longford but they blossomed in the qualifiers and although they equipped themselves well against the All-Ireland championship McNulty was disappointed with the result, feeling it was an opportunity lost.

"I feel that we could have done more," he said. "There is no player in that dressing room who is happy or content; they think they could have done more. They showed they have true character and I think it's a good platform for the team to develop.

"We need to improve our attacking approach and create more chances although that is probably attributed to Dublin's defensive system which they had prepared very well and is very much on par with what Donegal too, getting 13 men behind the ball."

Mayo's highly impressive 3-18 to 2-9 win over an out-of-sorts Down team was marred by a knee injury to Andy Moran which may rule him out of the clash with Dublin.

"It's very disappointing. Andy is the heartbeat of the team and has been playing great, he'd be the first to say that it's going to be an opportunity for someone else," said manager James Horan. "When we get the diagnosis we'll take it from there."

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