Friday 15 December 2017

Dublin boss Jim Gavin: That's the way football should be played

Dublin manager Jim Gavin
Dublin manager Jim Gavin

Dublin boss Jim Gavin praised both teams for their courage and conviction after Dublin and Kerry clash.

Both sides threw the kitchen sink at each other in a game that the Dubs ultimately won by 3-18 to 3-11 to setup a Dublin-Mayo final in three weeks time.

"It was a great game. Two teams that believed they could win and both showed that by the way they played football they way it was meant to be played," Jim Gavin told RTE after the game.

"It could have went either way at the end and the Dublin camp are acutely aware of that. We're happy to be in the final.

"There is a great resolve and determination and a willingness never to quit in this Dublin team.

"The players have great belief in their own ability."

Gavin said he was unconcerned after Kerry's blistering opening because it is expected given their open style of football.

"The game ebbs and flows and we accept that with the way we play football these things will happen and we need to just keep at it and keep to the game plan." he added.

The contribution of substitutes Kevin McManamon and Dean Rock was crucial and Gavin praised the input from his entire squad.

"Our philosophy is that it's a 20-man game and it takes 20-men to get us over the line and notwithstanding the 12 guys who didn't get a chance to take to the field today."

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