The phrase ‘old habits die hard’ comes to mind when I think of this team. The hurling in the first 10 minutes was sensational. I’ve never seen a Dublin team come out on top of so many breaks. But you just knew it wasn’t going to last. And unfortunately, that’s when the old habits appeared. The same mistakes being made year on year by the players.
I don’t believe there’s a lot of brains on the pitch. The decision making of this team over the years has been a big issue and it was the same again yesterday. My pet hate in hurling is when a defender wins a great ball in defence and just lashes it up the pitch straight on top of an opposition defender. It’s something most teams do but we are regular culprits. It’s something fans will applaud too, but if a footballer did the same we’d all be fuming. Should be the same in hurling.
I’ve never been Gilroy’s biggest fan and will be hard convinced that he’s the right choice, but some of the things that happen on the pitch with this team are beyond his control and must frustrate him as much as us.
However, he is most definitely in control of team selection, and for the life of me I can’t see what they see in O Carroll at full back. Huge liability.
But as long as the bad habits which have been present for years on the pitch continue, progress will not happen. This team needs to become smarter. I remain to be convinced that they can improve on their decision making