While most of the hurling drama last night took place at the Gaelic Grounds as Limerick were defeated by Clare in a pulsating Munster Championship clash, Dublin's meeting with Westmeath at Parnell Park in Leinster was not without controversy.
Dublin won the game comfortably on a scoreline of 2-23 to 1-14 but Westmeath manager Joe Fortune was far from pleased after the game.
His frustration arises from a comment he alleges was made to him by Dublin manager Micheal Donoghue shortly after the full-time whistle blew.
"We go out to play hurling, I was very disappointed with some of the comments that came at the end, very disappointed," he said.
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round 2
Dublin 2-23 Westmeath 1-14
Hard luck lads!!!!
Round 3 is v Galway next Saturday at 6PM at TEG Cusack Park 🇱🇻🇱🇻#iarmhiabu#westmeathgaa#maroonandwhitearmy
— Westmeath GAA (@westmeath_gaa) April 29, 2023
Fortune led Dublin to a Leinster U21 title in 2016 and elobarated further when asked by media.
Westmeath manager "disappointed" by Donoghue remark
“Micheal came to me there at the end. He said, ‘hard luck but you went to do one of the Dublin players’. Look, genuinely, I’ll give you the folder if you want of our tactical set-up for the day.
There was never a comment in any way, shape or form with regards to a dismissive comment about any Dublin player.
I am just disappointed with that.
We all make comments during a game, we go to battle during a game but at the end I think the way to carry yourself is (to) say, ‘hard luck’ and move on; there will be bigger days for Dublin and for ourselves.
"We came down here to play a game and I thought for 28-30 minutes we played well. Dublin, in fairness, they were the better team on the day and they deserved their victory."
Fortune took over Westmeath in September 2021 having previously managed the Wexford U20 hurlers also.
Westmeath host Galway next weekend while Dublin face a crucial encounter against Wexford at Croke Park. All eyes this afternoon will be on Nowlan Park as Kilkenny get their championship campaign underway welcoming the Tribesmen to the Marble city.