Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly
Anthony Daly accepted that Dublin weren’t ruthless enough in their replay defeat to Galway, which condemns the reigning league champions to second tier hurling next year.
“The scoreline was hard to take all right. We’d have been delighted with the first half performance,” the Dublin manager told RTE after his side’s crushing 4-21 to 0-19 defeat in Portlaoise.
“We felt we should have been ahead and I suppose the match was in the balance and we probably hesitated for a crucial ball and once it goes to six points, and if they get the next couple of scores, what do they do then only go and get another goal and the game was probably dead then.
“At this level you have to be more clinical and we just weren’t on the day.”
“Fair play to Galway, When Joe (Canning) got the chance, what a finish. He showed his class. We needed to do that when we got the chance and we didn’t do it. You can look at the scoreline and say you were hammered but matches can go like that.”
His Galway counterpart Anthony Cunningham said: “We got two great matches, which will set us up for the championship. It will bring on the confidence in young players too.”