A couple of things I’d point out .
How many star players did Limerick lose off those u21 teams to other sports or codes - None
How many potential star forwards have Dublin lost from our relative underage improvement in the last decade
four - Cormac Costello, Ciaran Kilkenny and Con O’ Callaghan and I’d add Chris Bennett. Dublin cannot afford to lose players of that calibre and beat the Galway’s of this world on a semi regular basis .
If Dublin had the above four we’d be all-ireland contenders - No mistake about it. So Mattie has a tough gig .
Also I thought Pat Gilroy did a very good job last year in very difficult circumstances. However let’s look at the teams we narrowly lost to in the championship. Because far more has been made out of last season then the results really dictate
Wexford - well beaten by Galway , Lost to Kilkenny and then beat westmeath and were well beaten by Clare in the quarter finals
Kilkenny - well beaten by galway - then lost to galway in the leinster final after a replay and then beaten by Limerick in the quarter finals
We lost to Galway’s second string in Salthilll and beat Offaly …
Not a bad campaign last year but there is nothing to suggest we have regressed in any way so far this year.
It’s all about what the ambitions are - if it’s just to go from game to game on a results basis then we are really are going nowhere. It ain’t going to dramatically improve overnight. Limerick were building for 2018 from 2015 …