BERNARD Brogan has offered Sunday’s gritty two-point All-Ireland semi-final win over Donegal as evidence that Dublin have developed a more hardened psychological edge over the past two years.
Brogan (pictured), who was given the Man of the Match award for his impressive performance in the face of unyielding Donegal defensive pressure, reckons the victory was the sort of result Dublin might previously have lost.
“The brother (Alan) said it in the dressing-room, that three years ago we wouldn’t have won that game,” he revealed. “We showed bottle and didn’t give up until the end.
“We have learned a lot over the last few years and Pat (Gilroy) has instilled a good mentality and a never-say-die attitude. I’m delighted with it and, please God, we will give it a good show on the big day.”
The middle Brogan brother started exams today so resigned himself to celebrating qualifying for a first All-Ireland final in his career by knuckling down to study and added “we will lock it down, do a bit of homework because Kerry are Kerry. They have been there and done it all before. They have been in finals and know how to play them. It is our first one.
“It is just about who wants it more on the day so I am looking forward to it.”
Meanwhile, Dublin county board chairman Andy Kettle has revealed that the running costs of Dublin’s inter-county teams across both codes in the major age groups could push towards €2m for the first time. With both the senior and minor footballers joining the Under-21 and minor hurlers in their respective All-Ireland finals, Dublin are facing an unprecedented end-of-season bill due to what Kettle described as “exceptional circumstances”.
“If it’s not (€2m) then it is fairly close to it, yes,” confirmed Kettle. “That’s just a fact of life. Success becomes expensive.
“We are very conscious of it being more than last year and we would be looking at perhaps some ideas to see if we can get contributions to the coffers.”