The defeat to Limerick was a serious setback to Dublin progressing to Div 1 for next year. They now must beat Wexford next Sunday and then hope that other results go their way.
The manner of the defeat was so disappointing considering Dublin were in complete control for the first 25 minutes. While they controlled the ball they were not able to build up a decent lead. If they had converted even half the chances they would have the game won at half time. A big worry for Daly and co must be that after 30 minutes of dominance they had only six points on the scoreboard and three of those were scored by Alan Nolan and Joey Boland.
The forwards got a great supply of ball especially in the first half but were let down too often by poor first touch, bad shooting and taking the wrong options.
The team continue to overuse the short ball game. Two points were scored by Limerick as a result of short puckouts by the goalkeeper. Alan Nolan has a very long puckout and in Danny Sutcliffe and Conal Keaney we have two players who are well capable of winning long puckouts. So why not use it more. I cannot recall the Kilkenny goalie ever taking a short puckout over the past few years.
Most clearances from the half backs are aimed at the wings. Why not try a few balls down the middle once in a while?
Why is Johnny McCaffrey who is wearing no eleven shirt out around midfield so often? Wayne McNamara, Limerick’s centre back didn’t follow him obviously and he cleaned up as a result.
We still have two and three players going for the high ball and getting in each other’s way and breaking it down to a waiting opponent.
This team must get back to more direct hurling and start turning possession into scores.
Supporters were expressing anxiety and worry leaving Croke Park and only the players and management can put this right. A good win over Wexford will start the ball rolling.
Tóg go bog é.