Words by Coilin Duffy
Dublin hurler Eamonn ‘Trollier’ Dillon says a big test awaits his side if they are to get over the line against Galway on Saturday week in their final Leinster Championship Round Robin tie at Parnell Park.
It’s a must win game for Mattie Kenny’s side if their are to remain in the Championship this year, with a victory ensuring a place in the All-Ireland Series, and also a place in the Leinster final if results go their way.
“Any time you get to a Leinster final is always good,” Dillon told the Dublin Gazette at the announcement that Chadwicks are the new sponsor of the Leinster GAA Chadwicks Club Hurling League.
“We aren’t looking towards a Leinster final just yet, we are looking forward to the next game against Galway on Saturday week.”
Dillon says a tricky test awaits against the Tribesmen.
“Galway coming up to us, they are a great team and they pose a great threat, so we are just focussing on them, and hopefully getting a good result against them if we can.”
It’s Dublin’s second home game of the Championship, and after a 1-22 to 2-19 draw with Wexford in Parnell Park, they are hoping to finish with a win on home soil.
“Having home advantage is huge,” the Naomh Fionnbarra clubman said.
“So it’s important that you get a result at home in your home games, with the way it’s gone in the home fixtures this year.
“We are really looking forward to it, and hopefully the home supporters can come out to support us.”
Dillon says Dublin will need a consistent performance over 70 minutes, if they are to be in with a chance of beating Galway.
“You can just focus on the quick start, but it’s important that we maintain it then, and just keep the foot on the gas.”
Galway lead the table on five points, one ahead of Kilkenny and Wexford and two ahead of Dublin following their impressive win in Nowlan Park over the cats last weekend.
A draw or a win would book Galway a place in the Leinster final.