Dublin boss Fennelly hails players' character after Leinster MFC triumph

June 01, 2023

Dublin's Harry Curley and Lenny Cahill celebrate against Kildare ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Dublin minor manager Damien Fennelly hailed the character his team portrayed in yesterday evening’s Leinster MFC final victory over Kildare.

The capital lads reigned supreme on a 0-19 to 2-8 scoreline in Portlaoise, with six unanswered points late in the first-half leaving them with one hand on the Fr Larry Murray Cup.

The victory marks a 35th provincial success in the grade for the Dubs and, speaking to TG4 afterwards, supremo Fennelly credited his players for their effort.

"Our lads responded quite well,” he stated. "We've learnt over the last few years that this team has bottle. We were behind on many occasions in other competitions and they just have it in spades. I'm delighted they showed it on one of the biggest stages so far. They knuckled down and stuck to their task.

"This goes back to how we started off in the early months of the year. This is the way you build that. You go back to tournaments we played last year. We knew we had that in spades.

"We have leaders from every team that they come from. It's nearly the captain or the pivotal man of that team. They stick together, they fight for each other. They have this honesty with each other.

"They're a very different group. They push their own standards. I have a handy job, they demand things of themselves. They ain't happy coming into this game, and I know they won't be happy with certain aspects of this game. That's what brings on the character."

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