Saturday 24 February 2018

Barrett bullish Dubs can shock Galway

Dublin's Shane Barrett. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin's Shane Barrett. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Relegation is never the ideal championship preparation but Shane Barrett insists Dublin's League disappointments have been "put to bed" and confidence is high ahead of their Leinster SHC quarter-final clash with Galway on Sunday.

Barrett is one of many rookies drafted in during Ger Cunningham's reign in the capital but the Na Fianna defender has become a mainstay in the defence along with other youngsters like Eoghan O'Donnell and Cian O'Callaghan.

A second-half collapse to Clare last month in the Division 1A relegation play-off was a setback but it has been consigned to history as they look to shock the reigning League champions. Two years ago they had Galway on the rack in the drawn game before being comprehensively humbled in a replay and Barrett feels a big performance is brewing against the Tribesmen.

"We performed well in some games but we didn't get the result. We took a week to get over that. We took the learnings from it. We said what had to be said and pushed on from there. So we've put that one to bed," the Bord Gáis U-21 ambassador said.

"We haven't performed to the way we expected. In training, we've trained very well and then on match days, sometimes the consistency isn't there, as has been the case the last couple of years. Hopefully on Sunday we right the wrongs and come out with a win.

"I'm very confident we can. Very confident. Preparation has gone well, training matches, friendlies. They've all gone well for us. You only take the confident things from these matches and push on then."

Barrett has no worry about their ability to match Galway physically and Cork's shock dethroning of All-Ireland champions Tipperary last Sunday has given them a template for success which they plan to follow.

"That's what we're going to try and do to Galway. We're not going to sit back. We're going to go straight at them. Seeing a team beat the All-Ireland champions is massive. We need to bring the intensity, bring the physicality and push on from there.

"We had a poor enough show against them in 2015. We didn't show up that day. We're not talking about it. We're not dwelling on it. But it is in the backs of everyone's head that there is that sense of redemption."

Irish Independent

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