Cunningham rues missed chances
12 March 2017
Dublin manager Ger Cunningham.
Dublin manager Ger Cunningham believes his side’s poor first-half shooting led to their “demise” against Clare this afternoon.
The capital men fell to a narrow 0-20 to 1-15 defeat in Ennis, where they led by five points at the break after having left a couple of scores behind them.
Clare produced the goods late in the second-half to secure their second win of the campaign, leaving the Dubs rooted to the bottom of Division 1A on just two points.
Cunningham told Newstalk after the game: "It's always going to be tight coming down here, Cusack Park is a tough place to come and probably looking back at it now in the cold light of day 20 minutes after the game we probably had chances in the first half that we probably needed to be more in front with the strong winds we were facing in the second half.
"And we had chances. We missed a couple of frees, we had chances. I think we took our time to settle on how they were structured and what they were doing and we didn't push up on their poc-outs in the first half and they got a lot of possession. They ran at us but I thought the second half performance showed great character and we really took the game to Clare and it was right in the melting pot up to the end.”
He continued: "We struggled in the second half with that wind. They've got some big men across the half-back line there and we just felt we had to work the ball up the field rather than hit the ball long. They're good in the air, they're big and strong so we felt we had to try and bypass it as best we could.
“It worked for a bit of it but there was a period there where there was 15 minutes where we didn't score. We had chances but we needed to take all those chances in the second half.
"I can't fault the effort and I can't fault the character of the team in the second half. Looking back at it, probably the first half was our demise.”