It was a case of ‘job done’ for Jim Gavin and Dublin in Croke Park as they sauntered to an All-Ireland quarter-final victory and now look ahead to an All-Ireland semi-final with Tyrone.
Speaking to the media after the game, the Dublin manager was full of praise for one his lesser names, Eric Lowndes;
“Eric has had an exceptional season. He’s a very agile, fast and strong player. I thought he did really well for us in that game. He did a lot of covering but a lot of penatrating runs as well. He contributed to a good team performance”.
The result was no surprise for the team seeking three All-Ireland titles in a row. That feat has not been achieved since 1986 and Gavin was adamant that Dublin are aiming to time their run to September appropriately;
“From a managment perspective, we can see that the team is gaining momentum now in the right part of the season. We are going to need our A game the next day out agaisnt Tyrone. We are building momentum. The players are leading that charge. It is the right time of the season to be doing it”.
The last point of note from Gavin’s post match words were his attitude towards the much publicised Dublin player, Diarmuid Connolly. The Dublin manager was questioned about his ace attacker’s potential return, and a blunt one sentence response said;
“Yeah, we will just have to see”.
It was clear that Gavin and Dublin are looking ahead to Tyrone with immediate effect. The semi-final will take place on August 27th in Croke Park. A strong test is expected for Dublin as they aim to claim the three-in-a-row milestone on September 17th.