Dublin hurling captain Johnny McCaffrey feels that his side have shown a lot of spirit and character in this season’s Allianz Hurling League campaign.
Dublin will take on Galway once again on Saturday afternoon in a replay for the Division 1a relegation play-off in Portlaoise after extra time failed to seperate the two sides last weekend.
Dublin have been hit hard with both injuries and suspensions, but McCaffrey feels that Niall McMorrow’s last minute equalising 65’ last weekend and Liam Rushe’s late equalising goal against Tipperary exemplify Dublin’s ‘never say die’ attitude.
"We have gained character,” said McCaffrey in the Irish Sun.
“Those two incidents harden a team. Liam Rushe's goal at the end of a cracker of a game gave us a lot of belief.
"At Croke Park we played Cork and Tipp, two teams that will be mentioned when it comes to All- Ireland contenders, we got a lot of experience out of those games.
"It is great that we have been tested this way. The league is for trying out fellas. I don't think we would have had a chance to try out this number of fellas if everyone was fully fit and available. The lads on the pitch at the full-time whistle against Galway last Sunday, a lot of them wouldn't have been regular starters."
McCaffrey also described how last weekend’s draw against Galway felt like a victory for the Dubs.
"There was great satisfaction. It felt like a win after the way extra time had panned out. When we went down to 13 men and when Galway were a couple of points up it didn't look too good. Coming off the pitch we were delighted.
"Last Sunday, Niall came on and he wouldn't be a natural freetaker and he hit the last free. Dáire Plunkett got the second last score and Dáire wouldn't have gotten a lot of game time in the league."