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Saturday 25 November 2017

Blues can pull out victory – Cosgrove

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

Former Dublin star Ray Cosgrove believes Dublin have enough experience to win the All-Ireland football final on Sunday.

The former GAA Football All Star knows only too well the divided loyalties that All Ireland Sunday can bring – as both his parents hail from Mayo.

His father Paddy, from Claremorris, and his mother Madeline, from Aghamore, are now free to shout for Mayo as whenever he wore the Dublin jersey their allegiance lay with him.

And, his uncle, Canon John Cosgrove, the parish priest in Castlebar, has been busy "saying plenty of prayers" for Mayo.

"I played for Dublin in 2006 and we were beaten by Mayo by a point. We were six or seven points up midway through the second half and we end up losing by a point. That was bitter to say the least," said the club player with Kilmacud Crokes who hope to have four on the pitch this Sunday.

"Last year we lost by a goal so it is about time we returned the favour and do the business on Sunday. We'll go in early to watch the minors on Sunday. We'll get in and give the Mayo lads a bit of support for that one against Tyrone. Then all the loyalty goes out the window and it is all blue," he said.

In the final countdown, he urged players to try not to dwell on the match too much.

"On the calendar it is the biggest game in the year – but it is a match and there is a piece of silverware to be given out at the end of it," he added.

Irish Independent

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