Saturday 3 December 2016

James McCarthy pays glowing tribute to Mayo

Published 02/10/2016 | 11:22

Dublin's James McCarthy celebrates after victory over Mayo
Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Dublin's James McCarthy celebrates after victory over Mayo Picture credit: Damien Eagers

James McCarthy has paid tribute to Mayo following Dublin's hard-fought All Ireland final replay win over Stephen Rochford's men in Croke Park.

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After an astonishing run of 29 games without a defeat, the Dublin wing back said yesterday's encounter was the toughest of them all.

"Sore head, sore body but a good feeling," McCarthy told Independent.ie in the Gibson Hotel as he reflected on yesterday's events.

"Job well done. I would say that game yesterday was one of the hardest games we ever played. It was as physical as they come, we said we would meet it head on."

McCarthy admitted that the past two weeks have been very productive following Dublin's lacklustre performance in the drawn game.

"We weren't happy with the way we played the last day, there were things we were disappointed in. It was a good two weeks coming into this game and we were ready for it.

"Last night was great. Probably a bit too much alcohol consumed but what can you do, you have to enjoy the spoils of war.

"We will go to the hospital in a couple of hours to see the kids and then find a pub somewhere."

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