Dublin forward Ryan O’Dwyer has said that the Metropolitans don’t want to be the first county ever to be relegated the year after winning the National Hurling League Division 1A title.
The capital already face the prospect of a relegation/promotion play-off with either Waterford or Galway on 15th April. If they beat the Déise in Dungarvan on Sunday then the pair will face off again in mid April.
“You don’t want that stigma attached to you,” Ryan said this week. “I know that might be a bold statement, but no matter who we’re playing, we feel we’re going to stay up.”
The Dubs have not shown the quality of a side capable of beating anyone they face having won none of their league games this year and face an uphill task in proving that last year’s title win was not just a flash in the pan.
Dwyer also commented on the new league format where counties are playing week in, week out. He stated that while the new format is ”hectic’; he also noted: “There is nowhere else I’d rather be than preparing for these games.”