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Eddie Brennan says preliminary quarter-final is like "the slap of a wet tea towel"

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

07:53 7 Jul 2019


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Laois boss Eddie Brennan has said the preliminary quarter-finals are like "the slap of wet tea towel in the face after you've done something really, really good".

The O'Moore's upset the odds by beating Dublin in Portlaoise by 1-22 to 23 points, just seven days after winning the Joe McDonagh Cup in Croke Park. They've now booked their place in an All-Ireland quarter-final against Tipperary.

Last week, Brennan, an eight-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny, was lamenting the lack of turnaround his team would have after assuring their place in the Leinster Championship with the McDonagh Cup victory against Westmeath.

Speaking after their win earlier at O'Moore Park, Brennan was asked about the team's celebrations last Sunday and whether he asked them to tone it down.

"I was never going to pull the plug on them on Monday," Brennan said. "They were allowed to go enjoy themselves. You're just hoping they'll measure it a little bit."

"They came in Tuesday evening and got the dirty diesel out of the system - we trained Wednesday and we got something out of that. Overall, it's about the players. I'm delighted. They invested in this and they got the rewards.

"It's a massive piece of history. We're not going to forget the 7th of July for a long, long time. I'd say at times today, I lost my emotions on the sideline.

"I saw a few, you know, mad decisions there at the end sometimes the bigger teams get when our guys were working really, really hard. That's how hurling goes, that's the ebb and the flow of it."

However, when asked if he had the same feelings regarding the turnaround time ahead of next weekend's All-Ireland quarter-final in Croke Park against Tipperary, Brennan said:

"It's like a good belt of a hurl that won't break. That's what's there. We're on a good bounce, we've upset the odds in a big, big way."

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