Friday 24 November 2017

Leinster glory always special for Dubs – Flynn

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

AROUND the same time Limerick fans were preparing to invade the Gaelic Grounds to welcome their first provincial title since 1996, Dublin's Paul Flynn was stressing the importance of his sixth Leinster title.

And while the scenes in Limerick marked the end to a long wait for success, Flynn (above) insisted the provincial crowns retain value even for prolific winners. The Fingallians man has come on the scene at a time when Dublin are the dominant force in the province but he wants to continue to add to his collection.

"That's my sixth medal but it's kind of my fifth because the first year I wasn't even part of the panel, it was my first year in the squad," he said.

"I remember going to the club, Fingallians, one day and and (former Dublin footballer) Kieran Duff had his medal collection there. When I looked at it all together, I was like, 'that is unreal'.

"When I'm looking back on things when I retire and have my whole medal collection there, then I'll probably say 'wow' as well. But at the moment you're just trying to prepare for what's next, keeping yourself grounded."

Sunday marked their eighth Leinster title in nine years, a return that matches anything a Dublin football team has managed in the province. Flynn insists Sunday was even more special considering the circumstances.

"When you're playing against Meath in front of 55,000 people, you're under pressure, they're two points up at half-time and you come back and win it, then it means something."

After securing his second piece of silverware in his first season in charge, Jim Gavin spoke of moving on to the "next phase" of the championship.

There are no second chances now and and after an open Leinster championship, Dublin are likely to face a different, more defensive system at some stage this year.

"It's hard to know it until we play (those teams) but I suppose we played a little bit against it in the league," said Flynn.

"We tried to set ourselves up to counter-attack and it worked out sometimes, it didn't work out other times. We're not really going to know until we come up against it."

Dublin have to wait two weeks before they discover who they'll play on the August Bank Holiday weekend and Flynn admitted that will make it harder to focus on the next challenge.

"We'll be keeping an eye on the qualifiers now and keeping an eye on the teams who are producing good performances," he said. "Armagh had a massive win on Saturday but we just have to keep on pushing ourselves."

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