Gavin Pleased With The Overall Performance Of His Team But Says There’s Room For Improvement

Dublin manager Jim Gavin who expressed his satisfaction in his team’s performance against Kildare in their Leinster semi final win

Dublin eased into the Leinster Final with a comfortable victory over Kildare yesterday in Croke Park and speaking after the game Jim Gavin expressed satisfaction in his team’s performance.

Although Gavin admitted there were some loose passages also which he stressed would not be good enough the next day against Meath in the Provincial decider.

“There would be aspects of that performance that we’d be satisfied with,” said Gavin after the game.

“We do a lot of work on the training field practising the skills of the game, and that traditional, open Dublin style of football, an attacking based style of football. There were some very good scores from open play which was great to see.

“Interspersed with some loose passages, the ball not going to the Dublin man, that wouldn’t be good enough for the next game. But I suppose from our perspective, it was a Leinster semi-final, we wanted to get into the game to get into a final and have another opportunity to represent Dublin, and that’s what we’ve got.”

Sunday’s game also marked the 100th Senior Championship Appearance For Stephen Cluxton with the Parnells man the first player from either code to reach the historic milestone.

Gavin was full of praise for his captain’s dedication to the game and also stated that the historic occasion was never going to faze Cluxton and he applied and prepared himself for the game just like any other.

“Talking to Stephen, he wouldn’t even be thinking of that. His application and preparation for the game was again right on the money. I suppose it shows his dedication and commitment to Gaelic games, first and foremost with his club Parnells and by extension, Dublin GAA.

“He sets a great example for all the players in terms of his relentless pursuit of trying to be the best he can be both on and off the field.”