Dublin hurler Joey Boland feels that Saturday’s Leinster Hurling Championship defeat Galway was not a true reflection of their capabilities, despite going down by 13 points in Tullamore.
Boland, speaking on this week’s RTÉ GAA Podcast in association with GAAGO, said that Galway showed a superior desire in the early stages of the quarter-final clash and it quickly went downhill.
He said: “It's hard to put the finger on it. We didn't get out of the blocks. They got the couple of goals early on and it was very hard to turn the tide after that. There is a lot of soul-searching going on in our set-up at the moment as you can probably understand. Fair play to Galway, they came out and hit the ground running and we just had no answer to it.
“They got to the bounce of the ball quicker than us at the start. That is championship hurling. You just have to get to the bounce of the ball quick.
“Galway had our number and they really did exploit the space very, very well. We just didn't win the battle around the middle.
“In my opinion, and for a lot of the players, obviously we're very hurt with it, [but] there is not that much wrong.
“We know that if we get that 3% or 2% the other side of the fence then there is a huge shift. At the end of the day there was five goals and three of them were very, very soft.”
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Marty Morrissey hosts this week’s podcast along with former Wexford star Mattie Forde, current Dublin hurler Boland and The Star's GAA correspondent Shane Stapleton.