Sunday 15 September 2019

Pressure of drive for five is getting to Dubs - 'Bomber' Liston

Jim Gavin’s side delivered an off-colour display in the first match and were nearly thwarted in their bid for an historic five-in-a-row by Peter Keane’s men. Photo: Sportsfile
Jim Gavin’s side delivered an off-colour display in the first match and were nearly thwarted in their bid for an historic five-in-a-row by Peter Keane’s men. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Kerry legend Eoin 'Bomber' Liston has stoked the fires ahead of the All-Ireland SFC final replay by claiming Dublin are feeling the pressure of the drive for five, and that it will be intensified for their rematch with the Kingdom on Saturday week.

Jim Gavin's side delivered an off-colour display last Sunday and were nearly thwarted in their bid for an historic five-in-a-row by Peter Keane's men, with Liston relating to their under-performance given the magnitude of the achievement involved.

"You can be certain and sure that it had everything to do with that pressure and it'll be there again the next day," Liston said.

"I had the experience of the five-in-a-row pressure (in 1982) and a lot of us felt it very big and were pale and everything. Coming down the home straight it was intensified even more. But in fairness to Dublin, they did very well considering they were down a man.

"When they went a point down it looked like it was Kerry's but the way Dublin played just shows you how much preparation has gone into them and what they've learned over the last five years."

Liston "would've loved to have a second chance" to make amends when they fell to Offaly but he reckons that there will still be "huge pressure" on the Dubs despite their wake-up call.

"There's a reason why these things have never been done before. They are a great team but they have to go through that pressure and come out on top before we doff our hats," Liston said.

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