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Sunday 20 August 2017

Dubs will 'fight' to keep Daly – Kelly

Peter Kelly during a visit to Temple Street Children's University Hospital. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Peter Kelly during a visit to Temple Street Children's University Hospital. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

PETER KELLY says the Dublin hurlers will "put up a serious fight" to keep Anthony Daly as manager for a further season, even if the Clareman indicates that his time in the capital is over.

Daly only returned for 2013 after a meeting of last year's squad concluded he was the man to lead them forward and after a season of unheralded and unexpected success, it appears as though the panel and the county board will attempt to coax Daly into extending his tenure.

"I'd say we'll let the dust settle for a while before we approach him," said the Lucan Sarsfields.

Technically, Daly's term is up after agreeing to just a one-year stint at the end of last year, meaning any extension would be subject to formal ratification.

"If he did step aside, you would see just how much success he has brought," Kelly insisted.

"Hopefully he might see that as a positive and believe that he can bring the team on even further."

Meanwhile, Ryan O'Dwyer says he may yet seek to have one of his yellow cards rescinded, although the player insists he does not blame referee James Owens for his controversial sending off in last Sunday's semi-final defeat to Cork.

"There was a bit of disbelief," the Tipp native admitted of his first booking inside the opening two minutes of the match, one his manager Anthony Daly questioned as to whether O'Dwyer was booked on reputation rather than merit.

"I'm a passionate player and I will give 100 per cent. I thought it was a bit harsh, but the referee is only human and you can't hold that against him.

"He had to make a call instantaneously. Unfortunately for me it was the wrong one, but he did what he had to."

FIXTURES

SATURDAY

ALL-IRELAND IHC SEMI-FINAL

(extra-time if necessary)

Semple Stadium: Kilkenny v Galway, 6.0.

ALL-IRELAND MHC 'B' SEMI-FINALS

(extra-time if necessary)

Moneygall: Kerry v Westmeath, 2.30.

Clones: Meath v Donegal, 3.0.

SUNDAY

ALL-IRELAND SHC SEMI-FINAL

Croke Park: Limerick v Clare, 3.30, J Ryan (Tipperary) LIVE RTé

ALL-IRELAND MHC SEMI-FINAL

(extra-time if necessary)

Croke Park: Limerick v Galway, 1.30, F Horgan (Tipperary)

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