Tuesday 21 November 2017

While I'm at it ...

Lar Corbett

THE All-Ireland qualifiers draw has thrown up an interesting tie between Clare and Dublin in Ennis next weekend.

Now is the time for Dublin's leaders to stand up and be counted. And I'm convinced that Anthony Daly's men haven't become a bad team overnight. They've made significant progress over the last four years -- they won a National League title in 2011 and they have provided stern opposition to Tipperary in recent times. In our last three National League meetings with them, we've lost twice and drawn once. And we were very lucky to beat them in last year's All-Ireland semi-final.

There's a physical and mental togetherness in that Dublin team because they have evolved as a unit. Now they must believe in the work that they have put in -- and especially after taking such a heavy knock.

There are two options open to Dublin -- go back to the old way of thinking, or calmly regroup and chalk the Kilkenny defeat down to experience. Dublin have been questioned now but I'm expecting them to respond. They won't be found wanting and I still believe that they will be a force to be reckoned with this summer. Put it this way -- I wouldn't fancy meeting a wounded Dublin in the morning.

Irish Independent

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