Cork stand in way as Hurlers bid to join Gilroy’s men in league final
DUBLIN remain firmly in the hunt for both the Allianz Football and Hurling Division 1 titles after Saturday night’s final ‘Spring Series’ outing in Croke Park.
Pat Gilroy’s Dubs made sure of their place in the final for the first time since 1999 with a last-minute Alan Brogan goal to defeat Down, while the hurlers snatched an equally priceless draw against Kilkenny after coming back from three points down with just 12 minutes to go.
Despite their surprise defeat to Mayo, Cork could still set up a mouth-watering finale with the Dubs if they beat Armagh in Páirc Uí Chaoimh next week but Kerry and Down – who meet in Killarney next Sunday – also remain in the hunt.
Despite the fact that they have qualified with a game to spare, Gilroy insisted there would be no let-up next Sunday in Salthill against Division 1 basement boys Galway, as Dublin seek to complete a clean sweep of seven Division 1 wins.
Dublin’s hurlers, meanwhile, are one of five teams still fighting it out for two final places. Anthony Daly’s men – who flew to Portugal yesterday for a week long training camp – could be the chief beneficiaries of Galway’s shock hiding from Tipperary yesterday, meaning any slip from the Tribesmen in their final outing in Waterford would let Dublin into a first decider since 1946 if they can beat Cork on Leeside on Sunday week.
“You wouldn’t know what kind of a Cork you’d be facing,” reasoned Daly. “I’d absolutely love to get into it but if we don’t get into it, we don’t.”
– Conor McKeon, Evening Herald