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Dublin boss Anthony Daly: Four-game preparation stood to us against Galway

Updated: Sunday, 07 Jul 2013 20:45 | Comments

Anthony Daly: 'I get a bit emotional when I hear traditional music never mind winning Leinster titles'
Anthony Daly: 'I get a bit emotional when I hear traditional music never mind winning Leinster titles'

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Dublin manager Anthony Daly feels that his side’s four-match run-up to the Leinster SHC final stood to them against Galway.

The Dubs claimed their first Bob O’Keeffe Cup since 1961, beating the reigning champions by 12 points in Croke Park.

But while the Tribesmen only had a semi-final win over Laois to their name, Dublin have been in action for four weeks running, beating both Wexford and Kilkenny after replays.

Daly told RTÉ Sport: “We felt the momentum would help. They had the Laois match but we felt we were better prepared coming into it.

"We hoped to get off to a good start and we did, even though it was two points all, three all, four for a long time but we kicked on after about 15. We got the bit of a lead and a bit of momentum and the goal came then, and it was a great break to get.

“Eight [points] up at half-time and you knew they would have a period on top, we felt we would finish strong.”

“The Bull McCabe said to the Yank, ‘We stayed’" - Anthony Daly

The Boys in Blue reached the All-Ireland semi-final in 2011 but were relegated from the Division 1A and made no Championship impression last season.

Daly, in his fifth summer in charge, says that this season’s success so far is all the sweeter after last year’s disappointments.

"The Bull McCabe said to the Yank, ‘We stayed’.

I always wanted to put last year right, I suppose. For some reason it went downhill last year. We probably worked harder last year than we’re doing this year but maybe the minds are that bit clearer.

"We were lucky to come out of Wexford Park and then we got a bit of momentum. The lads have been great. I’m just so proud of them, they’ve made such an effort.

“Joey [Boland] was poor the last night but he really delivered tonight, Johnny [McCaffrey did] great work.

"To be able to bring some like Shane Durkin off the bench is tremendous. All the subs contributed hugely, Oisín Gough, first run-out of the season, held the ground there.

“I get a bit emotional when I hear traditional music never mind winning Leinster titles, it’s a great day for everyone involved.

“It’s fantastic to get a reward, a Leinster title, a Bob O’Keeffe [Cup], we’ll knock a bit of craic out of it anyway.”

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