Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly admits he was ‘thrilled to bits’ with the Leinster semi-final win over Galway in Tullamore.
Speaking to RTÉ’s Clare MacNamara following his team’s comprehensive 0-19 to 2-07 win over the Tribesmen the Clareman admitted: ‘I’m thrilled to bits. It was a great victory tonight’.
‘I suppose we were the best team throughout, but it’s hard to know. We were in the lead nearly all the way, but when we were down to 14 men and Galway scored their second goal it got a bit helter-skelter, but we held our nerve and held out to win.’
The former All-Ireland winning captain was fulsome in his praise of his side. ‘The lads worked great. They are very fit and we never doubted their fitness. Even though we were a bit all over the shop towards the end of it lads like Dotsy (O’Callaghan), Simon Lambert and Johnny McCaffrey stepped up. Maybe Galway panicked a little bit at that stage.
‘We felt ready for today. We’ve worked very hard all year and we felt we were ready for this. The performance would probably not be good enough to win a Leinster Final but it was all about getting over today.’
Daly’s thoughts are now turning towards 3 July and the Leinster Final meeting with Kilkenny in Croke Park.
‘We are looking forward to it. Kilkenny are the greatest team in history and why would you not look forward to going into Croke Park to take on the greatest team that ever played.
‘We have a chance and it would be a dream come true for us to win the Bob O’Keeffe Cup. We will go at it as hard as we can, and if we are not good enough we are still in an All-Ireland quarter-final.
‘We will take it one day at a time from now on and focus on ourselves. We can’t do anything about Kilkenny and all the great players they have. All we can do is get the best out of ourselves.’
Article Source: RTE.ie