Daly hails Dubs' courage after defence of Leinster SHC title

Dublin manager Anthony Daly hailed the courage of his players following a successful first defence of their Leinster SHC title.

Daly hails Dubs' courage after defence of Leinster SHC title

Dublin manager Anthony Daly hailed the courage of his players following a successful first defence of their Leinster SHC title.

Daly admitted he was concerned over the trip to Leinster Park with a team that had not played a competitive game in eleven weeks.

“It is a huge victory for us. The guys have given it everything, And 11 weeks without a game was hard to overcome,” he said.

Podge Doran grabbed a first half goal for Wexford, and had two more efforts saved in the second half by stand-in ‘keeper Alan Nolan.

“If we had conceded another goal, we would have been in trouble,” said Daly.

The former All-Ireland winning Clare captain added: “It’s a massive fixture. It gets you into the Leinster final and gives you a chance to retain your title. And it guarantees you a quarter-final spot.”

He had special words of praise for Conan Keaney, who led the Dublin charge with a massive second half performance.

“The way he stepped up to the plate again was exceptional.”

And Daly was immensely proud of defender Paul Schutte, who moved on to Wexford danger man Conor McDonald and curbed the threat of the exciting teenager.

“We defenced well in numbers. Paul Schutte was exceptional. Young McDonald is going to be some player. You get that feeling that this fellow could have a massive future. He was causing us problems, and so was Liam Og McGovern.”

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