Saturday 7 December 2019

Long lay-off not a problem says Connolly


Dublin manager Mike Connolly
Dublin manager Mike Connolly

Dublin manager Mike Connolly feels that the lengthy break from their last group match shouldn't prove too much of a hindrance when Dublin resume their Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Hurling Championship campaign with a semi-final against Wexford in Parnell Park next Saturday afternoon.

The sides played out a thrilling draw in Enniscorthy on May 11 and while the Dubs have been inactive in terms of competitive fare since that point, Wexford were able to fine-tune their preparations as they cruised past Laois by 4-17 to 1-16 in O'Moore Park last Saturday afternoon.

"It really is hard to know whether there is any benefit to Wexford in having that game last Saturday and to be honest, we won't really know until after the game at the weekend," says Connolly.

"Some might argue that it is an advantage to them but I'm not so sure. It's not like we haven't been working away for the past four to five weeks.

"We have been able to get some really good work into the lads, playing some decent challenge matches and it's just about getting everyone's mind to go at it again on Saturday."

Either way, Connolly expects another tight encounter between his side and Wexford, who finished strongly to secure a 2-17 to 3-14 draw a month ago with his focus primarily on his team reaching their potential in this vital knock-out clash.

"I would imagine that it's going to be very close between the two teams on Saturday and we are really looking forward to getting out there and performing on the day.

"In fairness, every game in the group was close enough and I wouldn't expect anything different.

"We have a clean bill of health in terms of injuries and training has gone very well for us but it's all about producing on the day and hopefully we manage that on Saturday," he said.

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