meinster wrote:The right call, IMO. You take points when you can get them. That early in the game, Dublin were more than living with KK; they didn't need the "sucker blow" at that stage, and they certainly didn't need to come away with zero points. Later in the match (time, or score difference, wise), I'd probably agree.Donny B. wrote:What the hell was Keaney thinking going for a point from the penalty chance?
Dublin managed to strangle KK's flow for most of the game. Had they had more confidence, the first-touch issues wouldn't have been as profound and would have complimented their strong defensive tactics nicely. KK would still have won, but Dublin would have been a lot closer on the scoreboard, and a lot closer to a display they're capable of. Consistency of the mind; it's what Daly couldn't do for Dublin (in all his time there), and nor for Clare when he was manager. He gets lots of stuff right, but putting it all together seems to be a problem (which is not all his fault).
Dublin don't score that many goals so when you've a chance to get one early in the game, you have to go for it in my view. A goal might have created some belief, meekly taking a point just emphasised how fearful they were of Kilkenny, which wasn't the attitude they showed in either of the games last season. I wouldn't agree that "Dublin managed to strangle KK's flow for most of the game" either. If they had, the Dublin goalie wouldn't have been MOM. There was some good defending from Dublin close in but Kilkenny were able to pick off long range points throughout the game.