Sunday 22 July 2018

McIntyre heaps praise on Daly's Dublin

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

GALWAY hurling manager John McIntyre dished out compliments to the Dubs in advance of Sunday's Walsh Cup final at Parnell Park.

The boys in Blue ousted Wexford despite having two men -- John Kelly and John McCaffrey -- sent off in the second half, and McIntyre was impressed.

"Dublin had a fantastic victory. To go down to Gorey and beat Wexford by three or four points shows they're not a flash in the pan. It shows that Dublin hurling is on an upward curve," he said. "They have a good manager over them and we're not going to get anything soft up there.

"We know that from the start of the League last year where we were beaten, if memory serves me right, 2-21 to 0-15. No excuses. We were hurled off the field that day and they won't be in the slightest bit afraid of Galway," said McIntyre.

McIntyre's softly spoken assessment of Dublin contrasted sharply with his high-decibel and blunt 'review' of his own team's performance in beating Offaly in the other semi-final.

The passionate Tipperary man caused eyebrows to be raised as the few people waiting outside the Galway dressing-room at Tullamore listened to his strident tones.

But McIntyre declared that he was not engaging in a pointless bout of tongue lashing for his team, which beat Offaly by 1-22 to 2-16.

He played seven debutants from the start in the match, which Galway dominated at different stages, only for a resilient Offaly to haul themselves back into contention.

Galway are without the Portumna contingent -- who play Dunloy in the AIB All-Ireland Club hurling semi-final also at Parnell Park on Sunday -- and have players injured, but McIntyre says that's no excuse.

"Just because we won the match doesn't mean that everything is right. Similarly when you lose a match it doesn't mean that everything is wrong," he says. "It's a learning curve for a lot of our players. There's nine or 10 guys between the last two matches that have played for Galway for the first time in a competitive game at senior level, so they're being educated as they go along."

But McIntyre will hope that his passion will translate to a trophy success, albeit in Leinster's secondary competition, but Dublin boss Anthony Daly won't have a problem motivating his team on Sunday.

A nice piece of silverware would give the Dublin side an excellent morale boost as they face into a second season under Daly's management, especially with the other counties forewarned as to the challenge his team can present after last year's exploits.

Irish Independent

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