Cian plots Tipp takedown

by Stephen Findlater

CUALA hurler Cian O’Callaghan is looking forward to testing themselves against the might of Tipperary after it was confirmed the Dubs would play the All-Ireland champions in the second round of the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers next Saturday.
Dublin reached the second round after a 16 point hammering of Laois, in which Cuala teammate David Treacy hit nine points.
“I suppose we knew going into the draw it was going to be one of three All-Ireland semi-finalists from last year so it didn’t really matter who we got,” O’Callaghan said while speaking at the launch of sponsor AIG’s new travel insurance offer on Monday.
“Obviously, the All-Ireland champions are going to be a huge challenge so I suppose we are looking forward to it as well.
“It was good to get the win over Laois at the weekend to give us a bit of momentum but, at the end of the day, you want to challenge yourself against the best teams and Tipp are the best team going on last year’s form.”
Dublin have experienced some tough games lately but it should come as no surprise with the standard of hurling so high in the country at the moment.
“All you have to do was look at Cork and Wexford who, last year, were actually quite close to them. They are going well at the moment so I think hurling is a game where things can change quite quickly.
“From Dublin’s perspective, we are fully confident that we can go and give a good display against Tipperary and hopefully come out with a win,” said O’Callaghan.
Dublin suffered a 16-point league loss to Tipp as recently as February, but having been without their Cuala stars for that game, O’Callaghan is hoping they can give them a better game of it this time round.
“A lot of young lads were blooded that day and it is a big ask when you are going out against the All-Ireland champions. I think three or four lads made their debut so it was a bit of a baptism of fire but, look, I think the league means nothing at this stage of the year.
“It is all about current form and how you are going so we are confident we are going well at the moment and that league match won’t impact Saturday’s result.
“There is no bigger challenge than playing Tipp. When you are a young lad the dream is to play All-Ireland champions and play big matches.
“I think there are a lot of lads in the Dublin camp who are of the mindset, that we want to go out and see one-on-one are you better than the man you’re marking, then as a unit can you come together and beat the best team in the country.”

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