Dublin manager Anthony Daly was making no excuses after his side relinquished their grip on the Walsh Cup following their defeat to Laois yesterday.
A brace of Tommy Fitzgerald goals proved decisive as Teddy McCarthy’s charges saw off a depleted Dublin side at a rain-soaked O’Moore Park.
“Fair play to Laois. They wanted it more than we did,” Daly said.
“When we showed the bit of urgency at the end we showed that we could do it, but we weren’t up for it enough and if fellas can’t get themselves up for it there will be somebody else playing – that’s the thing.
“At the minute we are so short of boys – we had Gary Maguire and four subs, that’s all we had – there was no one else available.
“Dotsy (O’Callaghan) is sick, Paul Ryan is even in bed sick all week and we had to bring him along just to have enough – that’s what you have, but there were positives as well.
“It was fantastic seeing Danny Sutcliffe there at 19 being able to step up and hold his own at that level.”