Dublin sweating on Peter Kelly fitness for replay

Dublin captain Peter Kelly is a major injury concern ahead of next Saturday’s Leinster quarter-final replay.

Dublin sweating on Peter Kelly fitness for replay

Ger Cunningham said his co-captain’s hamstring will be assessed today after he was taken off at the end of the first half. “We are just going to get it assessed on Monday morning,” said the manager. “Any hamstring is a bad injury. He’d be doubtful.”

Paul Schutte is another concern, having failed to line out as per programme. “Paul has an ankle injury, it just happened at training on Friday night, he went over on his ankle but we’d be hoping he will be okay for next week.”

Cunningham wasn’t apportioning blame on David Treacy for his late missed free, having previously scored 12 placed balls from as many opportunities.

“In fairness to him he had some phenomenal scores, he got one from play that was a fantastic score. He’ll bounce back again, these things happen. We had other chances in the game we didn’t take. Both teams had similar stats in the game, same kind of wides and that kind of stuff. It was a tight game.”

Cunningham took pride in how his team responded to Galway’s first-half goal. “We got two or three scores straight after the goal so I think we reacted very well to it.”

He took positives from how young players Chris Crummy and Cian O’Callaghan performed. “I thought Chris did a good job, a tight-marking job on Johnny Glynn. Cian played very well, Jason Flynn is a very good player and he did well on him.”

As for the amount of time played at the end, Cunningham shrugged: “The ball was cleared and up in our half-forward line. You’d like to see where it went but he was going to blow it, he was always going to give a draw at that stage once we went into the second minute.”

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