Sport Hurling

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Dubs' hurlers still play second fiddle, claims angry Maguire

Jackie Cahill

DUBLIN'S former All Star goalkeeper Gary Maguire has slammed the condition of the Parnell Park pitch for last Saturday's Leinster SHC quarter-final replay against Wexford.

And Maguire suspects that the Dublin hurlers are still playing "second fiddle" to the footballers in the eyes of top county board officials.

At ground level, the pitch had a furrowed, bumpy appearance and Maguire joked: "I think there were a few horses let out on it last week! It wouldn't be the Mae West, compared to Wexford Park, which was like a carpet.

"We're obviously still playing second fiddle to the footballers. A decent pitch wouldn't go astray."

Maguire (29) kept a clean sheet as Dublin advanced to a semi-final showdown with Kilkenny in Portlaoise on Sunday.

And, as the fallout to a hard-hitting encounter continues, 2011 All Star Maguire admitted: "I think there were a few dirty belts there to be honest. It was tough going – nothing was going to be easy and every ball was fought for.

"All credit to them (Wexford) – we wouldn't expect anything less. We knew that with Liam Dunne over them they'd be fairly fiery players. It was seen in his team what kind of character the manager was."

Maguire acknowledged that Dublin's displays against Wexford would not be good enough to beat Kilkenny, saying: "Not even close to it. We'll have to get working. We need to get the bit between our teeth but we'll throw everything we have at them and see how good we are. It's a massive test."

* TIPPERARY hurlers have suffered an injury setback with confirmation that Kieran Bergin will be ruled out for a month with a broken hand.

Wing-back Bergin, 27, sustained the injury on club duty with Killenaule on Sunday evening.

Irish Independent

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