Wednesday 28 September 2016

Browne: Everything has to go right for us

Jackie Cahill

Published 20/08/2016 | 02:30

Declan Browne admits that Liam Kearns and his players are in bonus territory (Stock picture)
Declan Browne admits that Liam Kearns and his players are in bonus territory (Stock picture)

Tipperary's greatest footballer Declan Browne admits that everything has to go right for the Premier County to spring a shock against Mayo in tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

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Browne believes that Mayo are the biggest danger to current champions Dublin but warned the Westerners that all of the pre-match pressure is on them ahead of the Tipp clash.

Mayo are raging hot favourites to set up a September 18 final showdown with the Dubs or Kerry but he believes Tipp will give a good account of themselves in the last four.

Two-time All-Star Browne said: "It's a bigger challenge and Mayo are probably the best equipped to beat Dublin - I said that at the start of the year as well.

"Looking at everything, it's a big ask and everything has to go right for us.

"But we have confident young players and nothing really fazes them. It's all about hanging in there for the first 20 minutes."

It's new territory for Tipp as the county prepares for a first All-Ireland SFC semi-final in 81 years.

But for Mayo, it's their sixth successive season reaching this stage of the competition and Browne believes that experience counts for a lot.

He added: "They've been there before and know what it takes to get there. They realise time is slipping away from this current bunch and they need to win an All-Ireland as soon as they can. We're in the way but from Kerry to Derry to Galway, we've improved no end."

Browne admits that Liam Kearns and his players are in bonus territory. But he also urged them to take the chance that presents itself.

"It is bonus territory but we don't need to take a backward step either," Browne said.

"We need to be playing the game rather than the occasion again.

"I know it's a cliché but we can't be happy with just being there."

Irish Independent

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