Injured Dublin star Conal Keaney sent a good luck video message to his teammates before Sunday’s All-Ireland quarterfinal against Limerick -- and it worked.
A hat-trick of goals from Tipperary born Ryan O’Dwyer secured a sensational 3-13 to 0-18 win for the Dublin hurlers as they booked a first All-Ireland semifinal appearance in 60 years.
Keaney suffered a cruciate knee injury and a broken ankle in a motorbike crash on Friday, just 48 hours before the big game, but hat-trick hero O’Dwyer revealed the former Dublin footballer was there in spirit as his team won in Thurles.
“Since the start of the year we were getting setbacks, like Keaney the other day,” O’Dwyer said.
“He sent us a video on Saturday night and we looked at it before the game. I think he got us over the line in the end.
“No other team in the country can afford to lose someone like Conal Keaney and we did and we have to persevere. We showed character throughout the team and we’re very lucky to have the bunch of lads we do.”
Limerick boss Donal O’Grady’s future is now up for discussion in the wake of the Dublin defeat.
“I have an agreement with the county board up until September 20 -- they appointed me on that date,” said O’Grady.
“I have reports to write, talk about the structures and make a few reports. In September, my tenure is up and it would be very presumptuous of me to say anything. The County Board are the people who approach the next managers and as it stands, that’s the way it is.”