Daly to hold fire on cutting Dubs' panel
ANTHONY DALY has admitted that he will reconsider plans to trim his Dublin panel after an impressive 2-24 to 2-19 challenge victory over Offaly on Saturday evening.
The Dubs hurling manager had been frustrated by a chasing against Tipperary a week ago but had his spirits lifted by the win over the Faithful County at Martin Savage Park in a game to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Navan Road club.
Another challenge game against Antrim had to be scrapped on Wednesday at the last minute and it meant many of Daly's fringe players had been denied a chance to make an impression.
Daly opted to leave many of his big name players on the bench for Saturday's fixture and was delighted with the response.
"There would have been a lot of guys in there who didn't get much time in the league. We were considering cutting the panel but we may not cut it so much now," said Daly.
"The fellas put in a great effort. We were atrocious against Tipperary the other night so it was important to bounce back. You have to win these games.
"Peadar Carton was very good, Michael Carton was very good in his first match back, Declan O'Dwyer and Shane Ryan got some good scores from play.
"Lads like David Byrne, Seán O'Sullivan and Mick May at the back also made an impression. We need that sort of thing, lads looking to push each other and get up the ladder themselves," added Daly.
Paul Ryan was in excellent form from placed balls for the Dubs, while former football All Star Shane Ryan was a big influence at full-forward with four points from play.
David Curtin's first-half goal and Declan O'Dwyer's green flag in the 42nd minute ensured Dublin never drifted too far behind Offaly. Then Daly's side produced an inspired final third of the game to clinch this morale-boosting victory.
SCORERS - Dublin: P Ryan (7f) 0-8, D O'Dwyer, D Curtin (1f) 1-2 each, S Ryan 0-4, J Kelly 0-3, L Ryan 0-2, P Carton, A McCrabbe, S Durkin 0-1 each. Offaly: J Bergin (1f) 0-5, O Kealey, J Mulrooney 1-1 each, C Parlon, S Dooley (1f) 0-3 each, P Cleary (f), E Murphy, M Cordiall, K Brady, S Brown, B Murphy 0-1 each.
DUBLIN: A Nolan; R Trainor, C Hennebry, S O'Sullivan; D Byrne, R Fallon, M May; D Curtin, M Carton; J Kelly, L Ryan, D O'Dwyer; P Ryan, S Ryan, P Carton. Subs: J Boland for Byrne (26), N Corcoran for Hennebry (42), A McCrabbe for L Ryan (48), S Durkin for Fallon (49).
OFFALY: B Mullins; M Quinlan, D Kenny, D Franks; D Hayden, P Cleary, E Murphy; M Cordiall, K Brady; J Bergin, J Brady, C Parlon; S Brown, B Murphy, O Kealey. Subs: D Morkan for E Murphy (36), J Mulrooney for B Murphy (36), R Hannify for K Brady (36), J Rigney for Quinlan (36), S Wynne for Hayden (42), B Carroll for Cordiall (51), S Dooley for J Brady (55), K Brady for Kenny (70).
Referee: F McGreevey (Dublin).