Anthony Daly’s Dublin hurling rejuvenation sees capturing of Leinster title
Galway well and truly beaten by newcomers to hurling’s top table
“I knew coming up the road in 2008 it wasn’t all going to be good,” he said. “We got beaten by 18 points in the Walsh Cup soon after. But I knew coming in that I wasn’t coming to a place that had no chance. I’d seen that Colleges team beating St Flannan’s .
“I remember being upstairs when the minors were beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final, Clare had been beaten by Cork and it was a painful day. They were all over getting autographs from the boys, the Lohans and the Lynchs. We knew there was great work going on, so we tried to work on that.
“But we had dark days alright, there’s no doubt about it. Driving around Fanore there after the Antrim defeat . But we’re in it for the days like today, the joy of it. It’s what I love doing. I’d love to be still playing, but I wouldn’t make it at the minute. Fitzy’s not giving me the head’s up down there.”
For Galway, there are no excuses. One game against Laois was probably no real preparation but then they didn’t exactly have to perform the labours of Hercules to reach last year’s final and look what happened. Anthony Cunningham held his hands up. They were flat, Dublin were fizzing. No further questions, m’lud.
“The better team won on the day,” said Cunningham. “It took us a good while to get going. We were a bit late to the breaking ball there in the middle third. We were a bit off it. We came back well and would be happy with a lot of aspects there in the second-half but we still have a lot to work on. We have a bit of catching up to do on Dublin. But we’re not out of the championship yet.”
For the first time in a generation, it feels like most teams left standing can say that with some confidence. What more can we ask for?