National League winners Galway swept Dublin aside at O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Sunday in their Leinster Championship quarter-final clash on a resounding scoreline of 2-28 to 1-17.
This result now casts doubt over the immediate future of Dublin hurling while Galway will look forward to a semi-final match-up on June 18 against Offaly with the expectations of reaching the latter stages of the All-Ireland Championship this year increasing amongst their support.
The focus of the day will undoubtedly be on the Dubs, however, who bow out at the earliest stage of the provincial championship.
And not mincing his words in the slightest RTÉ GAA pundit, and former Tipperary hurler, Liam Sheedy argued that the turnover in players within the hurling set-up in the capital is what is causing defeats such as the one we witnessed on Sunday.
“You get a ten-year window where you can go out and represent your county and these players, that are good enough to be out there, aren’t taking that chance and I just find that flabbergasting.”
Liam Sheedy thinks Dublin hurlers have been let down by players walking away from representing the county. pic.twitter.com/aDr40V2ceJ
— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) May 28, 2017
The inquest will be begin in earnest for Dublin as they look to again regroup but, as Sheedy alludes to, the huge player turnover will need to be addressed should the Dubs return to hurling’s top table once again.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena