Dessie Farrell credits league learnings for Dublin’s Leinster triumph

Dessie Farrell

Dessie Farrell has credited the lessons Dublin learnt from their dismal league campaign for their much-improved performances in the Leinster Championship.

Dublin suffered relegation from Division One of the Allianz Leagues in March, but they have responded well to that disappointment with one-sided victories against Wexford, Meath and Kildare.

Kildare claimed a three-point victory against Dublin in the league, but they were no match for their neighbours in the Leinster final as the Lilywhites conceded five first-half goals and ultimately lost by 14 points.

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell was speaking to Sky Sports after the game and stressed that his side had become a better team through their struggles in the league.

Dessie Farrell on Dublin’s rejuvenation.

“Even in the depths of your depression and failures there’s always some learnings and something to be taken from that,” Farrell explained.

“We had a lot of bodies missing during the National League. We were integrating new players, trying out new things in terms of the game-plan and performance itself that weren’t really coming to fruition.

“We probably still should have held on in terms of staying in Division One but we didn’t and that gave us a reason to do some soul-searching and reflect upon what it is we’re about and what it is we’re trying to achieve this season.

“We went back to the practice ground and worked harder and we’re seeing some of that now.”

The All-Ireland quarter-finals await.

Dublin were never truly challenged in the Leinster Championship, although they will be well aware that the standard of opposition in the All-Ireland series will be far greater.

Farrell’s side will have to wait four weeks until they play again, where they will face a county that have come through the qualifiers in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

There are plenty of top sides taking part in the qualifiers, with Tyrone, Mayo, Armagh and Monaghan all coming through the back door, although two of those will be knocked out of the championship in a week’s time.

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