FORMER Dublin hurling manager, Anthony Daly, is backing the Dubs to flourish under Ger Cunningham.
The Banner man was speaking to Johnny Lyons on 98fm's 'Now, That's What I Call Sport' (Sunday mornings, 9.am).
It was the first part of an extensive, revealing interview. Part two will be broadcast next Sunday morning.
Anto arrived in studio to promote his autobiography, Dalo.
"The doubters in the media came out before we went to Wexford Park in the summer. For some reason, we didn't drive it on after that. Ok, we had a few crucial injuries. Some counties can cope with that, but in a tight squad, it can make a big difference in terms of confidence and options.
"Dublin have been within a puck of a ball of reaching an All-Ireland final. It's just a matter of the boys keeping the belief now. The new management will bring in that bit of freshness, enthusiasm and new ideas. I think the lads will lap it up and really go for it."
Knock on the up
CASTLEKNOCK have reached the Promised Land for the first time. The ex-Dublin manager, Humphrey Kelleher, led them into harbour.
"It's a marvellous achievement for such a young club. And it's the people involved that have made it happen," says Humphrey.
Castleknock beat St Peregrine's at Somerton on Sunday to secure the golden ticket.
"It was a brilliant game of hurling. A real local derby and not a foul stroke in it.
"We were seven or eight points ahead, but Peregrine's came back, and we only won by a point at the finish.
"It was our defending that got us through in the end."
Castleknock were without the injured Ciarán Kilkenny all season. But there was the superstar last Sunday out carrying the water-bottles.
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