Friday 24 November 2017

Dubs can push on and go all the way

John Mullane

WHAT a day for hurling – and what a historic day for sport. I was in the RTE studios, keeping an eye on two screens as Andy Murray became the first British winner of Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, while Dublin won the Leinster hurling title for the first time since 1961.

I'm particularly pleased for Anthony Daly and the two guys who recovered from cruciate knee ligament injuries to win Leinster medals – Stephen Hiney and Conal Keaney (right). Daly has now won two league titles with Dublin and a Leinster crown. It's a fine haul and there's no reason why they can't push on and win an All-Ireland.

From 1-15 they were outstanding, the subs that came in played their part too. The half-back line of Hiney, Liam Rushe and Michael Carton was immense and that was the real backbone of the team. In the half-forward line, the workrate was high, but Galway manager Anthony Cunningham got his tactics wrong. He abandoned the third midfielder for a conventional 15 and the space Dublin's forwards had inside was incredible. For Galway, it's a massive setback and they'll find it difficult to pick themselves up.

Johnny Ryan also gave an excellent refereeing display. We saw the importance of Hawk-Eye too as Conor McCormack's point was allowed to stand and Joe Canning had one disallowed. A potential two-point swing on another day.

Irish Independent

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