Thursday 27 July 2017

Man-of-the-match Paddy Andrews: 'These two games will bring us on an awful lot'

Dublin's Paddy Andrews salutes supporters on Hill 16 after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final Replay, Dublin v Mayo. Croke Park, Dublin.
Dublin's Paddy Andrews salutes supporters on Hill 16 after the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final Replay, Dublin v Mayo. Croke Park, Dublin.

Barry Lennon

DUBLIN’S Paddy Andrews believes that the two Mayo semi-finals have provided the test needed for the Dub’s All-Ireland clash with Kerry.

Andrews, who had kicked five points during the game, ‘learned a lot’ from the drawn game last week – which saw Mayo come back from seven points in the second half.

His own performance earned him man-of-the-match and saw a much improved Dublin side throughout when compared with last week's display.

Diarmuid Connolly's match ban appeal was perhaps an unwelcome sideshow before the replay.

However, Mayo's comeback last Sunday weighed more heavily on the St Brigid's club man during the week. 

“We had to be disappointed with the final 10 minutes. We had thought we had done enough to win the game,” he said.

“This week was a real wake-up call. And during the last six days, from the management and from the players we decided we were going to improve our display for the 75 minutes."

Dublin are set to enter the All-Ireland final for the 38th time in their history. Yet, for many, the past two matches were the capital's first real tests of the 2015 Championship.

This is something Andrews and the rest of the Dublin team is acutely aware of and is to be expected at this stage in September. 

“The big thing earlier on in the year was we weren’t tested enough. Whereas, these two games they’ve brought us on an awful lot," he added.

“Today’s performance improved from six days ago. Look it, it’s an All-Ireland semi-final, you have to expect that you’re playing the best teams in the country. And in two weeks time it’s going to be a massive test again.”

Online Editors

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport