Sunday 17 December 2017

Daly's Dubs must face Banner

ANTHONY DALY will be a bundle of emotions after his nightmare weekend took a cruel twist this morning.

He must now beat his native Banner to keep his shellshocked Dublin hurlers in the championship.

The draw for phase two of the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers has pitted Daly in sideline combat with his former Clare colleague, Davy Fitzgerald, in what promises to be a nerve-shredding affair on Saturday week, July 7.

The bad news for Dublin, coming so soon after their demoralising 18-point collapse to Kilkenny in Saturday's Leinster semi-final, is that they must travel to Ennis to face Clare.

The one minor consolation is that they've avoided a similar trip to Cork, whose form in defeat to Tipperary yesterday was light years removed from Dublin's shockingly error-strewn performance against the Cats.

Instead, Cork will be hot favourites to preserve their All-Ireland ambitions at home to Offaly.

Daly has just 12 days to resurrect morale in the Sky Blue camp, while hoping that forward talisman Conal Keaney makes a rapid recovery from the hamstring injury that saw him hobble out early against Kilkenny.

Centre-back Joey Boland and forward Ryan O’Dwyer are also injury concerns.

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