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Dublin's Philly McMahon feeling the full effects of epic All Ireland final struggle with Mayo

Tom Rooney

Published 01/10/2016 | 19:11

1 October 2016; Philly McMahon of Dublin and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo tussle during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
1 October 2016; Philly McMahon of Dublin and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo tussle during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Philly McMahon has admitted that there are going to be plenty of sore bodies in the Dublin dressing room following their razor-thin victory over Mayo in the All Ireland SFC final replay.

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What an epic battle it was, another war of attrition akin to the drawn encounter at Croke Park just under fortnight ago.

Yet, when all was said and done, Dublin were celebrating their first back-to-back All Ireland title triumph since 1977. The four in a row league champions have also clinched Sam Maguire four times since 2011.

While for what seems like the umpteenth time, Mayo were left lamenting what might have been. Their 61 year wait for an All Ireland remains, though they certainly didn’t go quietly into the rain-soaked night.

Speaking to RTÉ after Dublin’s 1-15 to 1-14 victory, defender Philly McMahon praised the management for the efforts between the two finals.

“Two weeks ago our character was really tested by Mayo, a really strong competitive team. All testament to our backroom team for getting us ready today and all their hard work in the last two weeks.”

Furthermore, McMahon was equally effusive of a Mayo outfit who pushed Dublin to the full extent of their limits.

“When you play Mayo it’s always a tough and tight game, and we’ll have some bumps and bruises from that one. That’s what football is all about – two teams bringing out the best in each other.

“We don’t think about that, all we think about is winning games and were just delighted to have got the win.”

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