Saturday 18 August 2018

'Jesus we can talk about it now' - Dublin's Philly McMahon savours three-in-a-row

Dublin players, from left, Philip McMahon, Dean Rock and Ciarán Kilkenny celebrate
Dublin players, from left, Philip McMahon, Dean Rock and Ciarán Kilkenny celebrate

Philly McMahon says Dublin can finally mention the magic number three.

All summer the hype and narrative has centred on Jim Gavin's side creating history by completing three-in-a-row All Ireland victories.

Dublin defender McMahon says there was no talk about that and the players were solely focused on taking each game as it comes.

"It's just incredible, really incredible," McMahon told RTÉ Sport.

"It was like the two-in-a-row last year. We didn't talk about it too much; it wasn't on our agenda... but Jesus we can talk about it now. It's unbelievable.

"This Mayo team keep coming back every year. It was the hardest one so far."

This group of lads are grateful for the opportunity we have to put a Dublin jersey on. We know there's a lot of people in the stands here, this might be their last chance to see Dublin, so we don't take anything for granted."

Captain Stephen Cluxton paid tribute to Mayo after lifting the Sam Maguire trophy for the fourth time and McMahon also gave Rochford's men a special mention.

"This Mayo team keep coming back every year. It was the hardest one so far. Credit to all of the lads. They did Trojan work today," he added.

"We knew that's what it was going take. This Mayo team never die. We're just thankful to come out on the winning side.

"Legs were starting to cramp, your attention has to be on point because one mistake and it's a goal or a point at either end. It could have gone either way."

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