Boland: A disaster if Dublin fail to win All-Ireland final

Dublin not winning the All-Ireland minor hurling title would be “a disaster” according to their manager Shay Boland.

Boland readily admitted his charges were fortunate to overcome Clare in Sunday’s semi-final but insists the time for Dublin hurlers to be satisfied with reaching a final is past.

Last year, Boland led them to their first minor decider in 28 years where Galway beat them by nine points.

Whoever awaits his team in this year’s final, the manager is adamant that having made such giant strides at underage level in recent years, it is time now to claim a first minor championship since 1965.

“We’re not here to make up numbers, to play well or get a feel for what Croke Park is like onAll-Ireland final day,” said Boland.

“We’ve got to believe we can go out there and win this thing.

“That’s really what we’re about and if we don’t win it, it’s a disaster.”

With the minor footballers in an All-Ireland semi-final, Cormac Costello and Eric Lowndes are on the brink of an incredible achievement, by playing in back-to-back dual All-Ireland finals.

Conor McHugh, who is a key member of both teams this year, also played in last year’s hurling decider.

Boland works with his football counterpart, Dessie Farrell to ensure the dual players are handled properly. Having swallowed the bitter pill of defeat twice last year, after the footballers were shocked by Tipperary, those players will be particularly motivated to go all the way this time.

“The footballers do their thing, we do our thing.

“We discuss how things are going in training and manage it the best we can.

“It’s a great situation for those young lads but I think they’d like to win one of them at this stage.

“There wasn’t the same ho-ha today as there was this time 12 months ago.

“Last year we were coming from a different place, this year there’s an expectation.

“We’re trying to achieve and go on and do something.”


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