Rushe: This makes up for capital’s pain of ’12

Dublin’s man of the match Liam Rushe has admitted Saturday’s victory has compensated for last year’s heavy Leinster semi-final defeat to Kilkenny when he felt like retiring from the game.

The pain of that 18-point beating at the same Portlaoise venue drifted away on an evening when Rushe was colossal at centre-back.

“It’s monumental for us. It was an abject defeat last year, we were so low after it, you’d almost think of quitting. This year, we’ve got that monkey off our backs, I suppose, and I know we’ve lost handsomely to them a few times before but you just have to enjoy days likes these.”

Dublin’s focus now turns to Galway in Sunday’s Leinster final and Rushe has no concerns about it being his side’s fifth game in as many weeks. “We’d nearly prefer it this way. People were saying ‘you’ll be tired and worn out’ but you’d be sick of sitting around in training with three- week gaps between games. A four or five-week run, we’re happy enough with that.”


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