Carlow won’t be taken for granted as Mattie Kenny prepares his panel for Sunday’s must win Leinster encounter
Sean Moran’s goal in the dying seconds of Dublin’s last Leinster Hurling clash with Wexford has kept Mattie Kenny and his boys in blue in contention, albeit an outside chance, to reach the 2019 provincial final.
Wexford and Galway’s drawn game last weekend on bolsters Dublin’s battle to qualify. But Mattie Kenny’s men absolutely have to come away from Netwatch Cullen Park this Sunday with 2 points in the bag. Carlow are two losses from two games. And they’ll be looking to keep their provincial status for another year so it’s all to play for.
In preparation, Kenny spoke to DUBSTV as the lads were put through their paces at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown.
“We’re under no illusions, it’s gonna be a tough battle for us down there.”
“Colm Bonnar is doing a fine job there and they’ve a really good hurling team. Over the last couple of years they’ve gone on a really good run.
“They’re in Division 1 of the league this year. And they’ve put in really good performances, one of the against Dublin obviously. And they’d a really strong performance in the Championship against Galway three weeks ago.”
“They were down there and I think with seven or eight minutes to go there was only a puck of the ball in it.”
Still positive and upbeat despite results
Kenny and the camp are in good spirits ahead of this weekend’s game. They still feel they’ve a point to prove in this competition and beyond.
“In both games we’ve found ourselves in a really strong position. I think the team played really well against Wexford.”
“We got really good scores, worked the ball really well out of defence, and we were in a really strong position halfway through the second half. But unfortunately we got hit for two sucker punches of goals.” But in fairness to the boys they showed unbelievable character coming down the stretch and finished strong.”
Dublin supporters are being asked to travel this weekend and roar on the boys to create an atmosphere. A home away from home, in Netwatch Cullen Park. There’s nothing better than winning an away game in front of your fans!
“We’ll be really really delighted if we get as much support out from the Dublin public, Dublin hurling public. Get them on the road and get them down to Carlow to support us.”
“The Spirit is really strong and the guys believe, and we all believe we’ve a big say in this year’s Leinster Championship and this year’s All Ireland Series.”
Dublin face Carlow this Sunday at 3:00pm in Netwatch Cullen Park. Tickets are still available at participating Super Valu and Centra stores nationwide. Don’t forget ticket price are reduced up to 24 hours before throw in. So why not grab yours now and save yourself a few quid.