Dubs travel home with their spirits lifted after good second half show
THE Dubs were packing the gear for home. They had much to think about coming back up the N 17.
A better second half cheered the journey, but manager, Colum King (pictured, above), felt Galway's first half dominance was the telling factor in Saturday's All-Ireland Championship defeat.
"Unfortunately, playing into the breeze before half-time, we left ourselves with a mountain to climb, although the girls did lift it in the second half," reflected Colum.
And indeed they did. The Dubs took the game to the scoreboard end with gusto. And they got a tidy package of scores.
Yet any loose ball that came their way, the Tribeswomen pounced and raced towards the visitors goal like Kitty the Hare.
"In the second half it was a case of throwing caution to the wind in trying to get the scores that would have brought us back into it.
"At times, when we were putting on the pressure, we left the back door open and Galway got in for a few easy scores.
"But Galway are a step ahead of us. You can see why they are the All-Ireland champions.
"They are very fit and skilful. Any lapses we made, they punished us big-time."
Two matches played. Two defeats. The Group of Death keeps frowning.
"But we'll keep battling on. We have Wexford at home in a couple of weeks, so we'll prepare well for that," he added.