Despite emerging from the Leinster final as the winning manager, Pat Gilroy was not happy with the manner in which his Dublin side closed out the game against Meath at Croke Park. Dublin held a 10 point advantage during the second half but saw their lead eroded eventually running out 2-13 to 1-13 winners.
When Jamie Queeny scored a late goal for the Royals, many Meath fans would have hoped for a grandstand finish. It was not to be and Dublin heldout to secure their 51st Leinster title. Seamus McEnaney’s side will have to brush themselves off for the qualifiers next weekend where they will face Laois. Dublin’s next match is their All-Ireland quarter final on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
During his post match interview, Gilroy told RTE Sport, “We finished the last 15 minutes poorly. We had been going reasonably well up to that point, but then we started making silly mistakes and just got lazy. It was a very hot day and we had to make changes, and the fellas we brought on perhaps didn’t get to the pitch of the game.”
“The opening period of the match was very positive for us. We had a bit of a lull in the middle of the first half before finishing strongly with the two goals. Our start to the second period was also good, but we failed to keep that dominance for the rest of the game. You have to give credit to Meath, however. They never gave up and their intensity was huge right through the game.”
When he was questioned about Dublin’s apparent lack of cutting edge going forward , Gilroy responded, “The time to be ruthless is later on in the year. We did create a lot of chances today that weren’t converted, but it’s good to be creating. We have much to work on for the next day.”