Dublin’s minor hurlers travel to Dowdallshill, near Dundalk, this Saturday to face Antrim in their Electric Ireland Leinster MHC quarter-final (2.0).
Following their opening round defeat to Kilkenny the young Dubs have bounced back in style with wins over Laois and Wexford.
“We have had a break but we are conscious now that we are moving into a different stage altogether and the stakes don’t get much higher than a knock-out match,” says Dublin manager Mike Connolly.
“There is a new set of conditions now after the group stages and naturally, we are slightly cautious in terms of the challenge that awaits us.
“These matches can feel very short at times so we would be looking to make as positive a start as we possibly can next Saturday.
“The players are young and wouldn’t have the experience that more senior players would have so the sooner that they settle into the game, the better.
“Nobody has been short in terms of the effort that they have put in and it’s a vital time of the year with games coming thick and fast.
“We have been lucky enough with injuries that none of the lads have anything serious to concern them and we’re just looking forward to the challenge that awaits us.”
Innovate Wexford Park: Wexford v Dublin, 2.0, J Hickey (Carlow)
Glennon Brothers Pearse Park: Longford v Westmeath, 2.0, P Coyle (Meath)
Páirc Tailteann: Meath v Laois, 2.0, F Smyth (Offaly)
Newbridge: Kildare v Wicklow, 3.0, C Dwyer (Offaly)
O’Connor Park: Offaly v Louth, 11.0, B Cawley (Kildare)
Leinster MHC quarter-final (Extra-time if necessary)
O’Connor Park: Offaly v Laois, 1.0, T Gleeson (Dublin)
Newbridge: Kildare v Wexford, 1.0, C Mooney (Dublin)
Dowdallshill: Antrim v Dublin, 2.0, R Fitzsimons (Offaly)
Cusack Park: Westmeath v Kilkenny, 2.0, B Redmond (Wexford)