Camogie: Murphy: We deserved more
DENIS MURPHY picked up the water bottles and headed for the carpark. There was a skip in his step.
An opening day defeat by Tipperary, but there was optimism in the air.
The Dubs had emptied the tank. You can’t ask for more than that.
There were glimpses during the match of what could be for Dublin camogie. Dublin players first to the ball, getting in brave blocks, launching attacks with the cheers of the faithful in their ears.
They contested every cornflake. And they were drenched with disappointment as they left the field.
“They realised that based on the display that they gave, this was a match that they could have won,” reflected Denis.
“We were very satisfied with the effort. There was great commitment shown and they were always trying to do the right thing.
“A few little things made the difference, and, to be fair, I don’t think they deserved to be beaten by nine points.
“The three goals made the big difference. We had a couple of goal chances which we didn’t take.
“Yet they kept going. We managed to finish strongly and it was great to see them maintain the effort right till the end.”
Next Saturday, the Dubs travel to Kilkenny. The last time the counties met was in the Spring Series in Croke Park.
Dublin didn’t do themselves justice under the lights, but they were a different team against the Premier last Saturday.
“Kilkenny will be another tough challenge for us,” added Denis. “The priority for us now is to make sure all the bodies will be fully recovered.
“Kilkenny are a fine side. They have such good forwards. And I know they have set their sights on the All-Ireland this year.
“But our squad have been putting the effort in at training. Granted, there were a couple of matches we weren’t happy with.
“Our display against Offaly in the Leinster Championship was particularly disappointing, but Saturday was much better.
“And if we can build on that, at least we will be seeing some progress this summer.”