In Fairness To Them They’re After Delivering On That Tonight. It’s A Little Bit Of A Monkey Off Their Back.-Mattie Kenny

Dublin Hurling manager Mattie Kenny who stayed his side were tired of moral victories and wanted real victories

It was a wonderful evening in Parnell Park on Saturday evening as Dublin beat Galway to book their place in the All Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-final.

After the game a delighted Mattie Kenny was rightly full of praise for his players and the character they showed in securing the win.

Last year Dublin held late leads against Kilkenny, Galway and Wexford only to lose all three games, those narrow loses were deemed moral victories, but Mattie Kenny stated after last night’s game that his team were tired of moral victories and wanted real victories, they certainly got that last night.

“These Dublin players are tired of the moral victories and they want to start getting real victories,” said a delighted Mattie Kenny afterwards.

In fairness to them they’re after delivering on that tonight. It’s a little bit of a monkey off their back. It was a massive game of hurling there tonight. I suppose it tests your character and resolve.”

Leading up to last night’s must win game Dublin had let game winning leads slip against Kilkenny and Wexford by switching off at critical points in both games to allow their opponents back into matches.

But Mattie was delighted how his side kept pushing right up to the final whistle against the Tribesmen.

“I thought we played really, really well against Kilkenny for 50 or 55 minutes and switched off for a few minutes and allowed Kilkenny get momentum and couldn’t get it back off them.

Same happened against Wexford we played really unbelievably well that night and switched off for a few minutes and allowed them to get two goals and eventually we were lucky to get something out of the game.

Tonight they showed great character, they worked really really hard, got some wonderful scores and they kept pushing right up to the final whistle.

In the last 10 minutes they showed unbelievable hunger and desire and fair play to them. Massive performance from those Dublin players.“

One of the many key players for Dublin last night was captain Chris Crummy, besides keeping Johnny Glynn fairly quiet, the towering Crummy broke forward in the opening minute of the second half and won a penalty and with three minutes left on the clock with the team’s level again had the energy to join the attack and took a pass from Ronan Hayes and buried the ball to the back of the net past Galway keeper Colm Callanan to put Dublin three in front.

Dublin Boss Kenny was delighted for Chris and said it shows just what a class player he is.

“There were huge, huge runs from Chris, his job tonight was to nullify Johnny Glynn, Johnny was super down in Kilkenny for Galway last week so he had his hands full doing that, but to get the energy to get up twice in the second half to create the penalty and score the winning goal for us just shows you the class of the player he is.”

It was an electric night in Parnell Park with a wonderful atmosphere and Dublin supporters flooded onto the field at the final whistle and surrounded the players with both the supporters and players joining in a chorus of ‘Come On You Boys In Blue’. And Kenny lamented about how good it was and how playing in the smaller can generate great atmospheres.

“The atmosphere there tonight…. playing in these smaller stadiums just shows you the atmosphere you can generate.

Just talking to some of the Galway people coming off there, they’re very disappointed but they said, ‘What a game of hurling. What an atmosphere and what a night.’