Dublin forward Peadar Carton says that the next step in the progression of hurling in the Capital is for Anthony Daly’s men to take the scalp of one of hurling’s hierarchy.
“The next thing for Dublin is to take a big scalp.This match is a big game for both teams.Winning the league final was just a step we wanted to take. We’ve a few more steps we want to take,”said the O’Toole’s flyer ahead of Saturday’s Leinster SHC semi-final against Galway in O’Connor Park, Tullamore (7.0).
Carton’s sentiments are echoed by his team-mate Alan McCrabbe who feels the Dubs are in a positive frame of mind entering Saturday’s important duel.
“Galway are a savage team. But we don’t really fear any one,” said the dynamic Craobh Chiaráin ace. “They are the only team that has beaten us in a competitive game this year. We probably should have won the game with the amount of wides we had. But we’ve learned from that and we have taken a lot of scores in the last few games. We’ve been working on that.
The main thing that was said was that we had learned from our mistakes from last year. Offaly (in the Leinster SHC quarter-final) came back at us. We were six points up with 20 minutes left – the same as
last year against Antrim. But we closed out the Offaly game and that’s what he was saying:‘we’re able to close out games now. We’ve learned that’.
“The players know that we’re in a better mindset this year than we were last year. We knew that that game would come down to the last four or five minutes and we were able to go up and get a goal and close the game off. That’s the big difference with us now.”