Dublin Bow Out In Thurles
Full-Time in the SHC All Ireland Quarter-Final game between Dublin and Tipperary in Semple Stadium,Thurles and Tipperary have beaten Dublin on a scoreline of:
Dublin 0-16 Tipperary 2-23
Dublin’s season was ended today in Thurles by Tipperary in a very disappointing game that just never got going. Dublin were behind by seven points after the first half and with the possibility of only thirty five minutes left in their season, the expected second half fight back never materialized.
Overall it was a very anemic display by the men in blue in what has been a very disappointing year. Tipp got the first score of the second thirty five minutes to push their lead out to eight points. The sides then traded a couple of points before Dublin were awarded a penalty for a foul on Dotsy O’Callaghan. Unfortunately the penalty was saved but the ball came straight to Conal Keaney and with the goal at his mercy he blasted it over the bar and that just about summed up Dublin’s day and year.
Four minutes later Tipp found the back of the net to finally take away the last small amount of resistance that was left in Dublin and the final nail in the Dublin Coffin was driven in after sixty three minutes when Tipperary raised their second green flag of the day and that was that as far as the Dubs were concerned.
So inevitably now the question will be asked of Anthony Daly if he will stay on as Dublin Manager or move on to a different challenge. That decision should be left to the man himself and whatever his decision he owes Dublin Hurling nothing and has been an inspirational leader. He put Dublin Hurling back on the map and National League and Leinster Titles were brilliantly won under his watch.
As far as the squad is concerned for next season,the players will now return to their clubs and hopefully will regain the confidence in their game that seemed to be missing this season and return to their best form for 2015. Also I think a bit of a rebuilding process will begin with the need to add a couple of players to the panel to bring Dublin onto the next level.
The players and management owe nothing to the supporters they have given great entertainment and commitment as always to the Dublin Jersey and I know I speak for all Dublin’s fans when I say thanks to each and everyone one of them. 2014 was a tough year but I’m already looking forward to the 2015 season when Dublin will be back on top form.-Nigel