HENRY SHEFFLIN admits it has been a very disappointing day for the Galway hurdles team after they fell 19 points to Dublin at Parnell Park.
In Shefflin’s second game, his Galway team were completely overwhelmed and outnumbered in this Walsh Cup clash played out in the bright winter sunshine at the Donnycarney venue.
The 19-point gap at the end of the game also did not ease Dublin.
They led 1-16 to 0-8 in the first half, and should have taken the lead even further at that stage after creating six scoring opportunities in the first half.
Dubs’ speed, power, and skill far outstrip Galway’s – although the home team has more regular players than what the Tribesmen are largely testing, as Shefflin strives to deliver a game-time experience. play for newer players.
But after beating Offaly in the opening game last weekend, the form of this loss is certainly not what Shefflin could have expected.
He said: “Dublin was impressive from the start so it was a very difficult day for us as the management team and the players.
“I would say we stayed and made it a bit more competitive in the second half.
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“So on that side, we talk about pre-season competitions and never give up and stay with it and we did that, but from the point of view of the obstacle and our position, We were fine, back.
“It is disappointing for us but we know we have a lot of work to do.
“We are only a few months away and you can see that Dublin is on the right track.
“I think there have been seven or eight changes from last week so it’s hard to get the style of play that Dublin definitely has at the moment.
“Dublin has definitely gone further down the road and that’s worrying because we’re trying to find players and things like that.
“Look, it’s about learning and growing and taking these setbacks and we’re not going to panic yet.
“Are we frustrated inside? Of course we were disappointed.
“I’m sure Galway stoning are also hurting tonight because Dublin is just roads ahead of us and has a long way to go.
“But maybe, look, to be honest, last week there was a bit of excitement around everything and a little bit of anticipation was building, I’m not sure why, because last year and the last couple of years , Galway has become ‘paradise’ unlike they have been before, and I consider today another disappointing step.
“To be fair, we’ve made a commitment to the players and ourselves that we’ll try to work hard to try to get deep into today’s defeat.”
If it’s been a bad day for the hurdler Galway, it’s a very encouraging one for Dublin.
Mattie Kenny’s men won all four innings, never tire of driving home their domination and playing with real skill, lust, desire and purpose throughout. .
Donald Burke scored an incredible 0-18 – 0-10 coming from the balls placed.
The Na Fianna man’s astonishing accuracy from liberations is a staple in Dublin’s arsenal.
The Dubs were leading 0-10 to 0-3 on the first break, extended their advantage to 11 over the period and on the second break they were 2-20 to 0 ahead. -11. Dublin’s first goal came in the 20th minute, courtesy of Rian McBride, who cushioned the ball past Éanna Murphy in the Galway goal.
It came, because at that stage it was Dublin’s fourth chance to score – Murphy brilliantly saved Colin Currie early on, while moments in front of McBride’s Fergal Whiently shot in for the first time. first in the goal.
Dublin rushed out with the ball from the lorries, where they were even more crowded.
And they seem to have freedom in Parnell Park all too often when the Tribesmen allow them too much space and time.
Kenny is pleased with his monitor.
He said: “Yes, Walsh Cup games like this are meant to help the boys overcome hurdles.
“They have continued to practice for the past few weeks and they are furious when they go out to play games.
“We had a couple of breaks and boosted our vitality and that gave us confidence. And we kept the score positive after that.”
Shefflin introduced Pádraic Mannion just before the break to try to build up a leaky midfield, while Cathal Mannion was brought on early in the second half.
Chris Crummey scored Dublin’s second in the 47th minute, while their third came in second injury time.
That Paul Crummey goal proved Dublin’s unrelenting throughout the afternoon.
When the final whistle blew for a few seconds, Galway used the ball to bypass their defence – but Seán Moran tore through to secure a 40-60 pass, then sent the ball forward where Paul Crummey finally did. scored.
Kenny added: “Just like a game, this is also a training session.
“If you’re comfortable after 30 or 40 minutes of work, it’s going to be a very short workout.
“It’s about getting you game time. Not that you’re doing it now. It to go deeper track. If you get out easily, there’s no point in getting out. ”
Despite the setback, Shefflin said he was looking at the bigger picture.
He said: “Of course today was disappointing and of course we’re going home tonight and there’s going to be a lot of head-scratching going on.
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“But I think we need to take that off, try to look at those players and get exposure to players going up against top teams like Dublin, and that’s what we got today.
“So the priority is to see those players, get through it, not get too many injuries and hopefully start preparing for the league.
“But today again, we know there’s a lot of work to be done before the league starts in three weeks.”
DUBLIN: S Brennan; A Dunphy, E O’Donnell, J Bellew; J Madden, P Smyth, D Grey; C Burke, C Crummey 1-2; C O’Sullivan 0-3, R McBride 1-1, D Burke 0-18, 9f, 1 ’65; F Sure 0-1, C Currie, A Mellett. Subs: Cian O’Callaghan 0-2 for Madden 35 minutes; R Smith for D Gray ht; R Hayes for Mellett 46; A Considine for Whiently 47; D Keogh for Crummey 52; P Crummey 1-0 for Currie 55; J Hetherton 0-1 for McBride 57; J Malone 0-1 for O’Sullivan 57; S Moran for Dunphy 63; L Walsh for Bellew 66.
GALWAY: E Murphy; S Barrett, G McInerney, J Grealish; S Blehane, D Morrissey, TJ Brennan; C Walsh, S Loftus 0-1; C Fahy 0-1, N Burke 0-2, R Glennon 0-1; E Niland 0-5, 2f, K Cooney, D O’Shea 0-3, 3f. Subs: P Mannion 0-1 against Blehane 30 minutes; C Mannion 0-3 for Walsh ht; T Monaghan 0-1 for O’Shea 45; J Hastings for Fahey 53; C Caulfield 0-1 for Glennon 56; T Killeen for Brennan 58; I McGlynn for Barrett 66.
REFEREE: S Cleere (Kilkenny).
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