DESSIE FARRELL says Dublin’s priority is full vigilance for the Championship – after receiving an early-season wake-up call on Saturday night.
Five point gap at their end Division 1’s opener against Armagh kindness on the one side Dublin was completely defeated in Croke Park.
“Obviously you want to be competitive in every game but at the end of the day – and this is not disrespectful of any opponent – but everyone has a vision of what will happen next season,” said Farrell. summer.
“For us, we’re getting into that process, trying to build something that’s going to be highly competitive in April-May.”
Dublin does not have a number of lawyers, including Michael Fitzsimons, Con O’Callaghan, James McCarthy and Jonny Cooper. Farrell doesn’t expect any of them to be available for Saturday’s clash with Kerry in Tralee.
“Probably not, no,” he said. There are a few of them that bring knocking and laughter and things like that, but hopefully we’ll get those things tidy in the next few weeks and get clean again. “
If Dublin was underwhelming on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 22,704, Armagh was an underdog.
They had brilliant performances all over the pitch – no less than Rian O’Neill, who scored 1-4.
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Armagh had nine different scorers and registered only three wide goals. Dublin has 14 widths.
Orchard led 2-8 to 0-5 in the first half and the closest Dublin got after the break was within five points.
But boss Kieran McGeeney – alluding to Tyrone becoming an All-Ireland champion last year after their defeat of Kerry – was not pleased with Armagh’s win in their first game back in the Championship. 1st place since 2012.
‘Geezer’ said: “Some days things can turn against you as they did (for Dublin) tonight. Another day they give it back to you.
“But one thing you can be sure of is quality always comes back. And we saw that last year and who became the all-Ireland champion no matter what happened in the tournament.
“That doesn’t take away from the performance, it’s a National League game, it’s two points for us and it’s an important milestone for the team in terms of winning a match at the National League. Croke Park. But in the long run, maybe all you’re doing is poking fun at the bear.
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“We had seven people starting last year on the bench. We are trying new things. And it worked today.
“It was a good performance, you can’t help but be pleased with it. I’ve been here long enough to know where the push in **e comes from. I’ve had more kicks on **e than slaps on the back. “
Host Armagh Tyrone next Sunday.
“Our work now is focused on Tyrone,” said McGeeney. We have the all-Ireland champions coming to us next week and they will be sore from the last. Tyrone loved Armagh like they would want to put that in an instant. ”
SCORERS – Armagh: R O’Neill 1-4, 1f; J Duffy 1-1; R Grugan 0-3, 2f; C Mackin 0-1, T Kelly 0-1, A Nugent 0-1, G McCabe 0-1, S Campbell 0-1, N Grimley 0-1. Dublin: C Costello 0-3, 1f, D Kick 0-3f; L O’Dell 1-1; S Boggart 0-2; B Howard 0-1, B Fenton 0-1, C Kilkenny 0-1, N Scully 0-1, C McCormack 0-1.
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/gaa-football/8287580/dublin-boss-dessie-farrell-armagh-defeat-competitive/ Dublin boss Dessie Farrell denies defeat to Armagh with focus on ‘highly competitive coming April to May’