Switching with Peter Kelly, who had his hands full with Conor McDonald in the first half, the Cuala man was impressive in nullifying the influence of the Wexford full-forward.
The mantle of being Leinster champions wasn’t going to weigh down Dublin, says Schutte. In fact, quite the opposite.
“After winning Leinster last year, I felt that was a weight off our shoulders. Because it’s always big pressure to win the first one. You start enjoying it more, playing it more free.
“We knew exactly what we were going to get – a tough battle. I could enjoy it a bit more because the pressure of winning that first Leinster wasn’t there.
“There’s a lot lads in there, older lads, who are motivated because they know that there isn’t too many years left. We all want to win an All-Ireland. We won’t be happy until we get one.”
Schutte praised man of the match Conal Keaney for his performance. “He’s the man every team needs. The puck-outs there, he caught some amount of ball. When they were getting a point or two, or clawed it back to three points, he went down and caught the ball.
A repeat of last year’s final will be confirmed if Galway beat Kilkenny in O’Connor Park next Sunday. It doesn’t matter to Schutte who Dublin face. All he’s concerned about is his own crew.
“It’s going to be a tough match no matter who. Galway and Kilkenny, when they’re on form they’re both – not unstoppable — but they’re extremely good.
“Our panel is definitely after getting stronger. If you can get on top of our forwards in training you’ll have a real chance in the match because some of those lads… Dotsie [David O’Callaghan] has got himself in serious shape. He’s 30 now and he’s in the best shape ever.”