Dublin manager Anthony Daly felt his side simply just didn’t do enough, as they relinquished hold of the Leinster Senior Hurling title this afternoon, after Kilkenny claimed a 12-point win at Croke Park.
The Metropolitans failed to score in the closing 22 minutes, and only registered three second half points as Kilkenny registered their 69th provincial win.
“1-9 wouldn’t win you a Minor match hardly,” Daly said after the game.
“That was never going to be a winning score and I suppose if you told us that we would get a goal and they would get no goal we would have nearly taken that scenario coming in.
“They were a better team. How we were within four points at half-time is hard to figure but heroic defending from (Alan) Nolan out to Paul (Schutte), Peter (Kelly) and Shane (Durkin) – all six backs I thought.”
Daly singled out wing-back Stephen Hiney for particular praise.
“I am especially delighted by Hiney’s individual performance. He has been through an awful lot and I thought he had a great game.”
Daly was frustrated by how Dublin’s first-touch let them down, and also their failure to deal with puck-out’s properly.
“I suppose just our touch – I just couldn’t figure out that bit. Our touch looked very good in training right up to the weekend. We played two matches Friday and Sunday and our touch looked sharp, but you have to do it on the day – they did it on the day. They were strong and tough and they defended very well. They deserved it.
“We got a lot of hands to the ball but we let it fall. If you let it fall around those lads we know what usually happens. They tackled fierce tigerishly. We didn’t match that intensity at all today.”
Daly says his side will be immediately trying to rectify their mistakes, as they now look ahead to an All-Ireland quarter-final in three weeks.
“We just have to get back on the horse again and get back at it and try and recover tomorrow evening and try and put in a big performance in three weeks time.
“We didn’t perform today, whatever about results we have to perform. That’s what we aim to do in the quarter-final. We just have to see where it takes us. We don’t know who we will be playing or anything yet, but we’ll just have to get ourselves back at it. That’s what you have got to do