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Thursday 19 October 2017

Dublin manager feels team is making steps

ONCE again, Dublin left nothing out there.

"We were very happy with the performance, especially in the second half," notes Blues boss, Shane O'Brien, following Sunday's tussle in Kilkenny.

"We had an opportunity to get into the League semi-final if we had won, so we are disappointed.

"We had been planning for a League semi-final, but, unfortunately, we didn't get the result," added the Dublin manager.

Yet Shane stated that the League campaign has been a very positive one for the Dubs, beating Derry and Clare and losing to Cork and Kilkenny.

"We have to remember that on Sunday we were up against the League champions and last year's All-Ireland finalists.

"We have come a long way in a short space of time, and we have learned a huge amount in the last few weeks.

"We won our first two games and then lost to, you could argue, the two best teams in the country at the moment.

"We are relatively happy with the progress, but, at the same time, we are ultimately disappointed that we didn't get the victory to take us to the semi-final."

Dublin were certainly competitive against Cork and Kilkenny. And their fitness was a major asset as they tested the calibre of two such high-ranking counties.

The Dublin girls will now take a break from their inter-county commitments.

"The players will go back to their clubs for the next few weeks.

"Our focus is very much on the Championship, and we'll be going full belt in our preparations for that."

Next up for the Dubs is the Leinster Championship.

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