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Murphy: Effort paying off

DUBLIN boss Denis Murphy is going to miss the Olympics. He was due to go over this week. The tickets were bought a year ago.

"No, I'm not disappointed at all. There have been three Olympic Games held in Europe since Dublin were last at this stage of the All-Ireland Senior Championship," he said.

"Ann Colgan, now on our management team, and my sister, Edel, were part of that side back in the 80s. And now we are back again and I'm just so thrilled for all the players. Really thrilled. They so deserve it.

"They have given the commitment. They put in the hard work back in January and February, and it was great to see all the effort paying off. In the second period of extra-time, we must have had 80 per cent possession."

Last month, Dublin lost to Kilkenny in O'Toole Park by nine points.

But Denis' memory stretched back two years to the Spring Series in Croke Park "when Kilkenny beat us by something like ten goals. So for the squad to come back from that put in the work, and to reverse that result was just fantastic. We have been making progress. We feel we are up to the level of many of the counties in the championship.


"The draw the last day against Clare gave us a bit of confidence and we showed that in our start against Kilkenny.

"We were disappointed we didn't win it in normal time, but the girls showed such great heart. We decided to play against the wind in the first period of extra-time. We managed to hold Kilkenny to two points and then it was a matter of getting the scores ourselves."

The county management of Denis, Ann Colgan and Brian Lawlor now hope the Dublin followers will come out for Saturday. "We have home advantage, but even at that, it's going to be a difficult one. But, hey, we have the opportunity of being in the All-Ireland semi-final."