DUBLIN COACH PAT Gilroy has singled out a clear-the-air meeting in Corduff as one of the key moments in his tenure as Dublin manager.
Gilroy indicated that the meeting was a significant factor behind the team’s All-Ireland triumph yesterday.
Dublin were left reeling in 2009 following a 17-point loss to yesterday’s beaten finalists, Kerry, and they held the meeting in an attempt to ascertain where they were going wrong.
Speaking about the meeting, Gilroy told reporters:
“We addressed the Kerry game in November 2009 in a very strong way.”
“We dealt with it and it stayed there. I’m glad now we can really put it behind us but we did deal with it in Corduff in 2009. There was a development squad game where a lot of the guys came up as well. We played Monaghan under the lights in the rain. A lot of it was dealt with there and then. And that was the best place for it.”
Talking in the aftermath of Dublin’s historic victory, Gilroy added that he was always confident his side could do the business:
“There is only so much of that you can keep taking and today, no matter what happened, we were going to get the result to be honest with you.”
Dublin recorded a single-point win over Kerry yesterday, beating Jack O’Connor’s side 1-12 to 1-11, partially thanks to a Kevin McManamon goal in the dying minutes of the game.
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