Blues outclassed but see red with some ‘dubious’ ref justice
THERE was an acute sense of disappointment and frustration as Dublin manager John McEvoy addressed the media in the immediate aftermath of Dublin’s second All-Ireland defeat in six days last Saturday night.
Galway were the opposition in Croke Park last Sunday week when Dublin failed to reflect their true worth in the All-Ireland minor hurling decider and a similar pattern developed in Thurles on Saturday evening in the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21HC final with McEvoy at a loss to explain the below par display of his men.
“It’s very disappointing. Going into the game we felt we were in great shape. I suppose our preparations have been very good but on the day it just didn’t seem to happen for us. I think after half-time we made a few changes and came back into it but you have to give credit to Galway too, they showed great physicality, particularly in their half-back line and full-back line and in the forwards, they maybe had different options than we had.
“They were able to rotate their forwards at different stages, particularly from full-forward line to half-forward line.
“I just don’t think we showed the intensity that we need to at this level and that we’re certainly capable of and that was the most disappointing thing,” said a dispondent McEvoy.
One aspect which seemed to irk the Laois native was the display of Offaly referee Tony Carroll who made a number of curious calls with the penalty awarded against Ger McManus for a perceived foul on Barry Daly in the 10th minute a huge decision in the context of such a tight start.
“I think the penalty decision and a few things like that went against us. Those were the breaks and they make huge differences in games.
“That’s for others to judge. I just felt that from our perspective on the sideline it looked a bit dubious alright.
“The two goals just before half-time were the difference alright. I don’t want to go on about refereeing decisions as that’s not the way we go about our business in Dublin but certainly a few went against us. That’s the way it is. That’s the way it goes”, added McEvoy. For Galway, the ten-point winning margin more than made up for the disappointment of last year’s hammering at the hands of Tipp and Dublin were always likely to struggle if their previously defensive record was breached as comfortably as it was.
Official man-of-the-match, Davy Glennon, was pivotal in the unsettling of Dublin’s reargaurd with a classy turn at corner-forward with Galway’s pre-ordained assault on Dublin’s defence paying handsome dividends for the Tribesmen.
“Our pre-match game plan worked. Our plan was to hit number 15 as often as we could and it paid off. Thankfully today before half-time we got three goals and that finished Dublin off. All we had to do was keep tipping off points in the second half,” added Glennon.
– Rnn Mac Lochlainn, Evening Herald