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Sunday 11 December 2016

Philly McMahon pays tribute to Dubs watching over team from above

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Philly McMahon has paid tribute to the Harris brothers and all associated with Dublin football who passed away this year.

Alan and Stephen Harris were avid Dublin supporters who were killed in June when they were overcome by toxic fumes while working on a sewer.

Alan (45) died instantly while Stephen (34), who jumped into the tank to try to save him, died in hospital two days later.

Former Dublin selector Dave Billings and county board chairman Andy Kettle also died this year.

McMahon said the Dubs were "spiritually motivated" ahead of Sunday's clash with Kerry.

"It's been a long year and the hunger levels went up another notch," he said on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk.

"We had spiritual motivation there as well, with the people that passed away this year that were involved with Dublin.

"Dave Billings and Andy Kettle, and there's a couple of people who passed away over in Boston, so we didn't need that much motivation.

"We had them over us and maybe they helped on the day, and we can't forget the Harris brothers as well."

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McMahon outscored his marker Colm Cooper and put in a brilliant shift for Jim Gavin's men.

"You don't overlook players like Colm Cooper. He's one of the greatest players of my generation and I was delighted to get to mark him," he said.

"When you mark the best it proves you as a player, and it's great to say that you kept Colm Cooper scoreless in the final," he said.

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