"The game seemed very open"

October 26, 2020

Dublin's Donal Burke gets away from Ryan Mullaney of Laois

Dublin hurling boss Mattie Kenny anticipates a high-scoring All-Ireland senior hurling championship this winter.

Dublin and Laois officially kicked off the 2020 race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup on Saturday evening at Croke Park, where Donal Burke’s 1-16 tally helped the Dubs to a comfortable 2-31 to 0-23 victory.

Speaking to Sky Sports afterwards, Kenny says he’s intrigued to see if the high-scoring will continue from teams with no crowds in attendance.

"I know it's been referenced with the Premier League in England. Playing in an empty Croke Park, the emotion of the crowd isn't there. The game seemed very open," he stated.

"There were a lot of scores from both sides. Laois ran up a very good score as well. Is this going to be a sign of things to come in the championship without the crowds?

"The emotion the crowd gives...it's a more open game of hurling, more free-scoring [without them].

"It will be interesting to see does that pattern maintain as we go along in the championship."

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