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Dublin manager Jim Gavin not worried by squandered goal chances against Cork

Updated: Sunday, 04 Aug 2013 15:47 | Comments

Jack McCaffrey scores Dublin's only goal against Cork early in the second half
Jack McCaffrey scores Dublin's only goal against Cork early in the second half

Dublin manager Jim Gavin says he is not worried by the number of goalscoring chances squandered by his side yesterday, believing the fact they have been created in the first place is encouraging.

His side booked their place in the All Ireland semi-finals with a 1-16 to 0-14 win over Cork at Croke Park last night.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Gavin accepted that the score could have been higher: "Certainly yeah, we could have won by more, we created numerous goal opportunities and we didn’t take them but from a coaching perspective it is great to see those moves that we practiced on the training field coming off.

Jack McCaffrey did get a goal for the Dubs in the 38th minute, but by that stage his team had already come very close to a goal on a number of occasions - with Bernard Brogan and Diarmuid Connolly both going close.

"It was a good win – and quarter finals are all about winning" - Jim Gavin

"Hopefully the next day we’ll get one or two more. It was a good win – and quarter finals are all about winning."

Cork manager Conor Counihan stepped down immediately after the game, with many feeling that his side had under achieved since winning the All-Ireland in 2010.

But Gavin said he was conscious of the threat posed by this Cork team, regardless of recent results.

"We were playing against a very good side in Cork and we didn’t expect anything else today. They came up here expecting to win – it was nip and tuck today.

"From my perspective the most pleasing thing was the character and the resolve and the steadfastness that this Dublin team has shown, not only in the national league but in the Championship as well.

"We could have got the couple of goals and we didn’t get them, but we didn’t throw in the towel, we kept pushing for more. There is great energy among the group. And that is great to see.

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