Monday 18 December 2017

Attacking force thrills Moran

DUBLIN manager Collie Moran hailed the contribution of his inside-forward line as crucial in his side's seven-point win over Westmeath in their Gerry Reilly Tournament encounter at Parnell Park on Saturday.

Seán Caffrey, Barra McGarry and Shane Howard accounted for 2-9 of their side's 3-13 tally and given the experimental nature of Dublin's selection, it emphasised the strength in depth available to Moran.

"We were very happy with what we witnessed today. A few of the lads came in and did really well against what was a strong and physical Westmeath team and we got some good scores in the end to pull away from them.

"To be playing here in Parnell Park against good opposition like Westmeath can only bring them on and they can learn a lot from playing against this calibre of opposition.

"I think we have a very good full-forward line and all three of them played very well today. At times we were a bit slow getting ball into them, but when it arrived, they looked very sharp," said Moran. With Cavan their opponents in this coming Sunday's final, Dublin can continue their learning curve against another talented outfit and the encounter should further enhance their development.

Similarly, the at-times fractious affair with Westmeath gave an introduction to the physical nature of inter-county football and the Ballyboden St Enda's clubman feels Saturday's clash can have long-term benefits to his panel.

"To be playing an Ulster team like Cavan, who have a very good underage pedigree, will be of benefit to the lads and will be a great challenge to us. It would be nice to win the trophy.

"Also, Saturday's game proved how physical football can be at this level and the tackles are that bit harder and the lads are learning all the time about that aspect of the game.

"The Leinster Blitz was very beneficial earlier in the summer and we are still looking at a few different players and changing things a bit, but we're happy with the progress so far," Moran concluded.

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