Conal Keaney has challenged the Dublin hurlers to forget about their league triumph and make a significant impact in this year’s All-Ireland Hurling Championship.
Dublin begin their campaign in the Leinster Hurling Championship on Sunday when they play Offaly at Croke Park
Keaney, speaking at the launch of the Musgrave 10th Annual Triathlon this morning, believes the Dubs are fully prepared to make a tilt at lifting the Liam McCarthy Cup this September.
Dublin recorded their first Allianz Hurling League success since 1939 this year and while Keaney is happy with the feat, he has stressed that it will soon be forgotten if things go wrong against the Faithful.
He said: ‘It’s a national medal and you can’t argue with it. People have been trying to get it for years and I was just lucky to get back this year and within a couple of months to win it.
‘To stay unbeaten in all competitive games is a serious achievement. Things are going well but it is all about the next performance and it can very easily slip away if we don’t progress on Sunday.
‘We’re very ready, we trained hard and everyone is playing well.
‘We obviously have a few injuries but the lads that are coming in are capable of matching the lads that are gone.
‘If we perform on the day and don’t let anything get to us like the hype, we’ll be ok. I don’t think it will get to us.
‘It’s not about Offaly. If we perform we will win. It’s as simple as that.’
Keaney spoke about the much-improved hurling set-up in Dublin since his last spell in the code, with the County Board investing more in the game and the attitude of the players changing over the time.
‘If you want to play the football, you play the football. If you want to play the hurling then playing the hurling.
‘There is no difference now. I think we have as a good a chance of winning the All-Ireland as the footballers.
‘The difference is we have a national title. They’ve won a couple of Leinsters but we’ll be in the same boat in a couple of years time.’
Keaney is now keen to forget Dublin’s league victory, stating that success this summer is their main goal for the year.
The dual-star said: ‘There was a bit of hype after the league when we won it. It is just about being back to normal.
‘Anthony Daly won’t let anyone get carried away. He’s been there himself. We’re keeping our feet on the ground. It is only the league.
‘If you were to ask people who won it last year you would struggle to say it was Galway. The league was a great bonus but it’s not really what we are after.
‘We got the results but it is Offaly on the way so we’re just focused on getting the result.
‘We’re not going to worry about one individual or two or three lads. The lesson for everyone to learn is complacency.
‘It doesn’t matter who we’re playing. If we’re playing Tipperary, Offaly or Kilkenny, it’s not about them any more. We just have to perform to our potential.’
Article Source: RTE.ie