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Canning And Daly Question Dublin Hurlers' Decision To Move Home Games To Croke Park

Canning And Daly Question Dublin Hurlers' Decision To Move Home Games To Croke Park
Luke Delaney
By Luke Delaney
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The Dublin hurlers remain undefeated in this year's Leinster Championship, but face their toughest test so far when they host Wexford this weekend.

Galway and Kilkenny have already booked the first two spots in the round robin series and with just one place remaining, the winner of Saturday's clash will progress to the next stage.

Micheál Donoghue's side kicked off their Championship campaign with a draw against Antrim, before proving to strong for Westmeath on Saturday.

When playing a team as experienced and skilled as Wexford are, results can often be decided on the finest details and one thing which has helped Dublin in recent years is a stacked Parnell Park.

Now, Dublin GAA has decided to move their two remaining home Leinster Championship games from Parnell Park to Croke Park.

The atmosphere and likelihood of a sell-out crowd would certainly give Dublin a better chance at beating Wexford, but now, they'll more than likely be playing in front of a half-full Croker.

Anthony Daly and Joe Canning on Dublin changing venue

One man who knows just how vital Parnell Park can be is former Dublin manager Anthony Daly.


The Clare native was speaking about the change of pitch on The Sunday Game and said that Wexford manager Darragh Egan will "fancy his chances" going to Croke Park.


Daly said:

Dublin have a good record against Wexford in recent years. Bizarrely, they're switching the match to Croke Park for me because a packed Parnell I would have thought for Dublin would have been a harder place for Wexford to come out of.

Darragh Egan will fancy his chances going in there.

Joe Canning was also speaking on the Sunday Game and the former Galway hurler echoed Anthony Daly's opinion.

Canning said:


I can’t for the life of me know why they took the games out of Parnell Park. For me, as a player going up to play Dublin, you don’t want to play in Parnell Park against them because it’s hostile enough there. So, I think Wexford will be happy enough with that

Joe Canning is a man who knows Donoghue well from his tenure as Galway manager. During the pair's time together, they were involved in one of the most dramatic matches in the history of the Leinster Championship.

Back in 2019, Dublin sent shockwaves around the country after knocking Galway out of the Championship. A packed Parnell Park was the venue on the day and it undoubtedly helped the Dubs cause one of the biggest upsets of recent times.


A goal from Dublin's Chris Crummy three minutes from time sealed the historic win for Dublin and after Kilkenny and Wexford drew in the other fixture, it meant Galway crashed out of the Championship.

15 June 2019; Dublin players celebrate at the final whistle of the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 5 match between Dublin and Galway at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Wexford found their first win of the Championship last weekend in a 1-30 to 1-25 win over Antrim, and after losing to Galway in their opening game, they know they'll need to be on form to book a place in the round robin series.

Whether the change of venue will help determine the result is yet to be seen, but while preparing for a crunch game like this, it's not ideal for Dublin to have some question marks over their decision making.

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