Leading by two at the break the Dublin Hurlers put in a hard shift in Carlow on Saturday evening to Kill the game

Dublin Hurlers - Mattie Kenny

It will have been a relief for the Dublin Hurlers coming away from Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday with another two points on the board. And they’ll need all that confidence facing Wexford this Saturday night in Croke Park.

Davy Fitzgerald’s side put in a rousing third quarter yesterday to beat Kilkenny. And that puts them well in the hunt for qualification to the knockout stages of the Hurling League.

Nonetheless Dublin boss Mattie Kenny was pleased with his team’s progress and more so the improved second half showing that got them over the line. He spoke to Dublin GAA Official after the game.

“Our lads carried good ball after half-time and got a few nice scores. And that gave us the platform to go on and win.”

“On nights like tonight it’s really about digging in. Our guys did that. Even in the first half, we only scored six points but we couldn’t fault the way they applied themselves.”

“We’re happy with the character the guys showed.”

With Wexford and Clare waiting in the wings the home stretch won’t be easy for Dublin. Clare are unbeaten, dealing Wexford their only defeat so far. This Saturday could be a massive game for Kenny’s men, depending on the outcome.

“That’s going to be something the lads are really looking forward to” speaking of playing on Croke Park’s surface this weekend.

“Wexford are going really well at the moment, so that should be a really, really good test for us”.

Positive outlook on returning players

Certainly things are moving in the right direction for the hurling panel, with the return of some key players.

“Liam Rushe made the bench – he’s back training the last couple of weeks. David Treacy, Cian Boland, Fionntán MacGibb … we brought him on for a couple of minutes just to get him on the pitch”.

“A lot of these guys are long-term injured, they’re coming back now in the last couple of weeks, so we’ve a lot of work to get into their legs and a lot of hurling into them.”

“Our squad is getting stronger, and hopefully that will stand to us as the year goes on.”