Daly disappointed with 'half-baked' dubs

Daly disappointed with 'half-baked' dubs

Dublin manager Anthony Daly is thankful that his troops only have a week to wait to get yesterday's drubbing by Galway out of their system.

The Dubs' trip to Salthill ended in a 0-28 to 1-12 hammering which came a fortnight after they lost to Kilkenny in the Walsh Cup final.

They were completely outgunned by Galway, who led 0-16 to 1-6 at half-time and went on to gain a small measure of revenge for last summer's Leinster final defeat.

Apart from the successful return of Alan McCrabbe as a first half substitute, Daly has precious little to take forward into next Sunday's round 2 date with his native Clare.

"Thank God it's only a week. Get back and do two training sessions and go at next week and see can we improve," he said in the aftermath.

"There were no signs of it on Tuesday, Thursday. We were happy with the training - we didn't overdo it either this week because we thought we maybe overdid it the week of the Walsh Cup final.

"But we don't seem to be able to do half-baked, and we seemed to be half-baked for some reason.

"The puck-out stat at half-time was 14-1 to Galway on our half-forward line, so we'd no launchpad there. The ball kept coming to (goalkeeper) Gary Maguire - as soon as he pucked it out it was coming back down."

Galway's scoring blitz in a difficult swirling wind included six-point hauls for Conor Cooney and Niall Healy, while debutants Cathal Mannion and Jason Flynn both impressed with four points from play.

With all six starting forwards on the scoresheet by the 26th minute, Galway boss Anthony Cunningham was particularly pleased with the performances of the younger players.

"It was a day that everything we struck went over the bar and Dublin were perhaps a bit off colour in parts and that definitely won't be the way next July or August when you meet them," admitted Cunningham, whose side are away to Waterford next weekend.

"I saw Dublin playing against Kilkenny in the Walsh Cup final and I thought they played quite well. But you just get days like that in the league, it's happened to us before over the past few years.

"We had a lot of new players playing today and it's great to see Jason Flynn, Padraig Brehony and Cathal Mannion playing so well. They're very young."

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