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Published: 09:50 | 29/6/16

Schutte not giving up on All-Ireland

Mark Schutte has urged Dublin to put their Leinster SHC defeat to Kilkenny behind them and prove themselves against Cork.

Dublin trailed Kilkenny by just a point at half-time in their Leinster semi-final but they conceded 1-8 without reply before going down by 12 points.

Despite the defeat, lifting the MacCarthy Cup in remains the goal for Dublin and they will be hoping to become only the third team to win the All-Ireland after coming through the qualifier series.

A tough test against Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn is first up for Ger Cunningham's men - they have not beaten the Rebels in the Championship since 1927 - but Schutte maintains they can still have a big say in Championship if they give a good account of themselves on Saturday.

“It’s really up to the leaders on the team now to step up and drive the team on. We can go one of two ways; we can either pack it in and just cry about what happened against Kilkenny or we can go back and have a good fight at it," Schutte is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

"Plenty of teams have gone on and won All-Irelands through the backdoor. That’s going to have to be our ambition, go and target this match and really get a bit of redemption after the Kilkenny game.

"Obviously everyone is disappointed the way that game ended and you don’t want to end your season like that. It’s great we have another chance to prove ourselves again. It’s great to get another shot at it and not leave the summer like on that performance in Portlaoise."

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