Daly says no pressure on Kilkenny to take dual role

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Daly says no pressure on Kilkenny to take dual role

Daly confirmed at last night’s annual Dubs Stars challenge that he has contacted the All-Ireland-winning forward about playing both codes in 2014.

Clare man Daly was also keen to bring talented footballers Cormac Costello and Eric Lowndes into his panel too, though the pair have opted to stick solely with the big ball game.

Prodigious Kilkenny has yet to confirm his position though Daly made it clear that he won’t be pressurising the player who carved out a successful underage hurling career with Dublin.

“I had a chat with himself, he didn’t say no,” said Daly. “He’d love to have a go at it I’d say but I don’t know how practical it is. I left him alone really since because they’ve been away and our lads were away. We’ll see, I don’t know if it’s a possibility or not. It’s a very hard thing to do really, to try and do both in terms of training. I don’t know. It would be up to Ciaran.

“I have gotten to know the chap, met him at the All Stars and we had a bit of a chat so that’s all it was. I asked Cormac Costello and Eric Lowndes were they interested but they were fully football.

“But Ciaran, I’d say he’d love to hurl, in his heart but it’s hard to leave the All-Ireland champions and that’s the reality and we understand that.”

Leinster title-winning manager Daly described yesterday’s challenge at the Round Tower club grounds in Clondalkin as the best Dubs Stars tie yet.

His side trailed by a point at half-time and eventually lost by six. But the Dubs Stars contained several county stars including Paul Ryan whose 1-6 tally settled the affair while Conal Keaney chipped in with 0-2.

Daly was happy to look at Barry Connolly, son of Galway legend Joe, in Dublin’s wing-forward position and the attacker was lively throughout.

“Barry missed four or five chances for points he’d normally score with his eyes closed,” added Daly. “That’s a bit of a lack of match sharpness. That’ll come. He’s like 11 other guys we brought in — he’ll get his chance in the Walsh Cup and challenge games.

“We’ve Waterford now on Sunday, then we have Na Piarsaigh, then Loughgiel the following weekend and we have UL also. So they’ll all get their chance in the next couple of weeks.”

Scorers for Dub Stars: P Ryan 1-6 (1-0p, 0-5f, 1 65), A Roche 1-0, C Keaney 0-2, N McMorrow, J McCaffrey, P Winters, S Stapleton and A Darbey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: M Quilty 0-3, D Treacy, R O’Dwyer and E Dillon 0-2 each, B Connolly (1f), S McGrath, M Schutte and G Whelan 0-1 each.

DUBS STARS: G Maguire; J Doughan, P Kelly, S O’Connor; S Durkin, D Kelly, C Robinson (E Moran h/t); N McMorrow, J McCaffrey; P Winters (A Darbey 52), S Stapleton (G Quinlivan 48), C Keaney; A McGreal, K O’Reilly (A Roche h/t), P Ryan.

DUBLIN: S Chester; S Timlin, C O’Callaghan, C McCormack (S McClelland h/t); S Hiney (J Boland h/t), C Crummey, M McCaffrey (P Schutte 44); K Byrne (L Rushe h/t), M Quilty; B Connolly, R O’Dwyer (C Cronin h/t), S McGrath (G Whelan h/t); D O’Callaghan (E Dillon h/t), D Treacy (T Devlin 41), M Schutte.

Referee: J Brennan (Thomas Davis).

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