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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Gilroy is keeping faith'

Dublin hurling boss Pat Gilroy is upbeat about their chances of qualifying for the All-Ireland series despite two losses in Leinster so far
Dublin hurling boss Pat Gilroy is upbeat about their chances of qualifying for the All-Ireland series despite two losses in Leinster so far

Pat Gilroy insists his relegation-threatened Dublin hurlers can still qualify for the All-Ireland series.

The Sky Blues were overtaken in injury-time for the second weekend running, away to Wexford yesterday.

A 0-22 to 2-14 defeat leaves them pointless in the Leinster SHC round-robin group ahead of Sunday week's must-win home date against Offaly, with the losers likely to suffer relegation from the top tier.

But Gilroy is still adamant that Dublin could sneak into the top three, thereby advancing to at least an All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final.

"We have two games left and we will be concentrating on each of them fully. By the time we play Galway, it could be wide open," the Dubs boss insisted.

"We still have a chance to get into the play-offs so we will be going hard."

Dublin were routed by the Faithful in the league but have improved immeasurably since then, while Conal Keaney, Donal Burke and Eamon Dillon "should be back" to bolster their forward options for the Offaly game.

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