Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly has praised the efforts of his players in their semi final defeat to Tipperary on Sunday, but added that he was “sick of moral victories” despite only just losing out on a place in the All Ireland Final.
The Clare man said that he was not surprised by his sides performance and felt that but for the numerous injuries that the team suffered all season they could have gone all the way.
“We felt we had a chance ourselves. It was almost the best position, bar the injuries. We would have loved to have the lads available.
“The more injuries that were occurring, the less chance people were giving us. In a peculiar way it was maybe strengthening our resolve that we were going to give a great performance.
“We set out to do that. We said we would let the scoreboard take care of itself if it could. Unfortunately it didn’t and maybe Tipp’s experience and decision-making at crucial times defined it. I think we had 21 shots at goals to their 12 in the first half and a handy enough goal early on settled them.
“But I couldn’t be prouder of the lads. It was a Trojan effort. I’m sick of moral victories in semi-finals to be honest with you. I’d love to get to the final for a change.
“But I suppose it will be a great final and people will be writing down Tipp now. They were writing down Kilkenny last week so we’ll what happens.”
Tipperary hurling boss Declan Ryan admitted that he was relieved to see his men book their place in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship final after a real fright from Dublin on Sunday.
Ryan said: “It was a great game. It was a great game for Tipp and a great game for Dublin. I think it is no less than you would expect from a team prepared by Anthony Daly. They played with huge commitment. It was a ferocious game I suppose. We were lucky to come with it by a couple of scores.
“Coming up today we were expecting a very, very tough battle from Dublin. We knew they would probably set up defensively but we were ready for it. I suppose it was great test for our lads.
“They showed a lot of character out there and I’m delighted with the way they came through.
“When you get to the latter stages of the Championship the teams you are playing are maybe better organised, fitter and stronger. Dublin showed all those things today and they can be very proud of their efforts. It was a massive game.
“Croke Park is a big arena and you have to be up for the battle. I thought our forwards worked very hard and they can be pleased with their work-rate.”