Ciaran Whelan explains how Dublin got back on track after a tough NFL campaign

Ciaran Whelan Dublin

Dublin have won their 16th Leinster title in 17 years.

Dublin have claimed their 16th Leinster title in the last 17 years, demolishing Kildare by a scoreline of 5-17 to 1-15 at GAA HQ in Croke Park.

Dessie Farrell’s side dismantled the Lilywhites just two months after their humbling Allianz National Football League defeat against Glenn Ryan’s side.

It was a day to forget for Kildare, but for Dublin, it signalled their return to the level they have become more accustomed to in recent years. And speaking after the win, Ciaran Whelan believes that his former side have been egged on by their dismal league campaign.

“An absolute top-class performance from Dublin..”

“After a very disjointed league campaign, I think a lot of people were reserving judgement on Dublin,” he he explained. “They didn’t know where they were at, but all aspects of their game were top-class.

“From their kick-outs to their defensive structure – which was lacking – I thought they were excellent. In midfield, but up front, and the movement.. It probably went static.

“But they are creating that space and are now opening up teams. It was a really top-class performance. In hindsight, their league defeat probably energised the Dubs, and Kildare might have taken a bit too much out of it.

“It was just poles apart today. In the second-half, in fairness Kildare came out and pushed on.. But Dublin were just in control mode and worked simple scores.

“An absolute top-class performance from Dublin.”

Dublin v Kildare.

After sealing another Leinster title, Dublin will now get themselves set for an All-Ireland quarter final in just four weeks’ time.

For Kildare, they must win a qualifier to reach the last-eight of the All-Ireland as they look to bounce back.

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