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Our concession of frees has been too much: Pat Gilroy

Our concession of frees has been too much: Pat Gilroy

Tue, 9th January 2018

The new year has commenced in a frenzy of activity for the Dublin senior hurlers with games against Meath, Tipperary (challenge) and Antrim already under the belt.

This Sunday Pat Gilroy’s men take on Wexford in Parnell Park (2.0) in the Bord na Móna Walsh Cup semi-final.

Pat has already seen plenty to be encouraged by and plenty to work on as the Dubs prepare for this NHL Division 1B opener against Offaly in Croke Park on Saturday, January 27 (5.0).

“We’re setting out to do certain things and we’re focusing on that a lot,” says Pat.

“We’re not paying too much attention to the opposition at the minute, we want to do things ourselves so if we’re not seeing it happen, we make the change.

“We didn’t concede a goal in the two competitive games and we only conceded one on Saturday (in their challenge match loss to Tipperary).

“So in terms of stopping goals, that has been very good. It’s a game where goals can be crucial.

“But our concession of frees in scoreable areas has been too much. So it’s something we have to work on.

“But certainly, we’re putting our bodies on the line to make sure we don’t concede goals, which is progression.”

Saturday 13th January 2018

Bord na Mona Walsh Cup Semi Final

Bord na Mona O’Connor Park Tullamore (2.00) Offaly v Kilkenny Ref: Gearoid McGrath (Wexford)

Sunday 14th January 2018

Bord na Mona Walsh Cup Semi Final

Parnell Park (2.00) Dublin v Wexford Ref: Gavin Quilty (Kilkenny)

Bord na Mona O Byrne Cup Semi Finals

Pairc Tailteann, Navan (2.00) Meath v Longford Ref: Darragh Sheppard (Dublin)

TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar (2.00) Westmeath v Offaly Ref: David Hickey (Carlow)

(Extra Time and Finishing On the Day, if necessary in above games)


(a) EXTRA TIME to apply i.e. (10 Minutes Each Way) – Phase 1 (Phase 2 will not be in use)

(b) IF Level after EXTRA TIME a ‘free taking competition’ will decide the outcome (Phase 3).

(c) Full list of Regulations attached.

Each team will nominate five players

Frees will be taken by each of the five players from a position of their choosing on the 45 metre line in Football and65 metre line in Hurling

Frees in football may be taken from the hands or off the ground.

Frees will be taken for points only with no goalkeeper/defenders facing the free takers.

The game is awarded to whichever team scores more of their five frees

If still level then sudden death frees will be taken using the same five players in order.

The sudden death element will continue until such time as there is definite outcome.

Sunday 14th January 2018

Bord na Mona Kehoe Cup – Round 3

Kilcoole (2.00) Wicklow v Longford Ref: Thomas Gleeson (Dublin)

Louth Centre of Excel, Darver (2.00) Louth v DCU St Patrick's Campus Ref: Barry Nea (Westmeath)

Tuesday 16th January 2018

Bord na Mona Kehoe Cup – Round 2

St Lomans Lakepoint Park, Mullingar (8.00) Longford v DCU St Patrick's Campus Ref: Shane Guinan (Offaly)

  • Unlimited Substitutions will be allowed in all of the above games in the Bord na Mona Competitions from the panel of 26 submitted to the referee.

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