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'You could hear crickets on the TV' - Lee Keegan bemoans Tyrone's poor showing against Dublin

Lee Keegan of Mayo during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final Replay match between Kerry and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Lee Keegan of Mayo during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final Replay match between Kerry and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Mayo star Lee Keegan has admitted that he found Tyrone's capitulation against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final hard to watch.

Mickey Harte's men were fancied to trouble Dublin in Croke Park last month but instead found themselves on the receiving end of a 12-point drubbing.

"You could hear crickets rattling around on the TV," last year's Footballer of the Year told the Western People.

"Tyrone were very poor. I don't think they had much of a Plan B to rectify what Dublin were doing.

"It wasn't the best of spectacles but you have to give Dublin credit, they went out with their gameplan and executed it perfectly.

"They were worthy 12-point winners."

Mayo haven't beaten Dublin in Championship since the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final but have come very close.

A one-point defeat in the 2013 final and beaten after replays in 2015 and '16 shows how close the rivalry has become and Keegan feels the teams up their game when they meet on the pitch.

"We really do love playing Dublin. I think we get the best out of each other," he added.

"I don't think there is any psychological baggage. We've had some ding-dong battles since 2012. It is the last time we beat them , and it is something we are aware of but it was only the kick of a ball last year, same with the semi-final in 2015 when we drew with them.

"We're close, so it's about trying to find that extra inch or two where we can improve and be on the side of a one-point victory instead of a loss.

"They are an exceptional outfit and they have only got better over the last three or four years. We're just focused on the Dublin of 2017.

"We'll have a good look at Dublin to try and pinpoint where we can implement our game."

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