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Crummey hails Dublin support in win over Galway

Crummey hails Dublin support in win over Galway

Tue, 18th June 2019

Chris Crummey has lauded Dublin supporters after Saturday's night's epic Leinster SHC victory over Galway in Parnell Park.

It's a message that manager Mattie Kenny has been keen to stress as Dublin look to grow their support.

With the Dubs now in the knockout stages this summer the Dublin hurling squad and management are hopeful that more Dublin supporters join in in their journey.

"It was amazing. In fairness, since I've been involved, we've had a very loyal following. It's probably not the largest following. But we had a seriously loyal following," said Chris.

"And to see those people who have been close to us, who have been there in the tough days of the last few years on the pitch and all the emotion that they showed . . . it's why you play hurling."

Reflecting on Dublin's victory over Galway which guaranteed a preliminary quarter-final against the winners of the Joe McDonagh Cup (Laois or Westmeath) the Lucan Sarsfields man said: "Galway threw everything at us. We threw everything at them. It was literally score for score.

"And we knew it was going to go down to the last five or ten minutes and we're just delighted to get the job done. Finally.

"We had so many near misses last year. The work that Pat (Gilroy) and the lads did last year was unbelievable but we never got the win. The lads who have come in this year have brought us on again.

"Our panel was unbelievable. The lads who came in made a big difference - the likes of Ronan (Hayes), James (Madden), Daire Gray. Brilliant. That's what you have a panel for.

"Eoghan (O'Donnell) went off after 15 minutes. Eoghan's been a huge player for us. A leader. Him going off so early would have knocked us in other years.

"Joe Canning coming on, we didn't break stride. It was just magic."

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