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Wednesday 7 December 2016

'We're focusing on winning one game at a time', says star Philly

Dublin's Philly McMahon holds Sam aloft after last year's All-Ireland final victory over Kerry. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin's Philly McMahon holds Sam aloft after last year's All-Ireland final victory over Kerry. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon has said the Boys in Blue are not thinking about going for two in a row despite being the clear favourites to take the All-Ireland title next month.

The Ballymun native will line out with his team-mates in Croke Park this evening as they take on Donegal in a highly-anticipated quarter-final clash.

"We're just taking each game at a time," McMahon told the Herald.

"There's plenty of experience within the squad that we have and there's a lot of lads that have probably won All-Irelands and the following year thought about winning two in a row.

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"They're bringing unwanted pressure on themselves when they do that. This year is a little bit different - this year we're just looking at how we can get better for the next game.

McMahon (28) said it is important to switch off away from the pitch.

"The good thing about GAA is that you get a chance to have down time," he said.

"I'm quite busy at the minute with my businesses so I don't really think about football that much, I only think about it when I need to.

"When I'm in training I'm focusing on my performances, so anything else after that is irrelevant."

Meanwhile, Dublin clubs have lashed out after fans were left scrambling for last-minute tickets.

Following a sell-out during the week, club officials revealed they were still being contacted by fans looking for tickets.

"A lot of people have been asking me about tickets and if there are any available," said Patsy Kearns, from Kevin's Club in Dublin 8.

"They're just not out there, it's very difficult. Having four major counties playing all on the same day makes tickets scarce. They should have had the two games held over two days."

John Reddy, from Na Dubh Ghall club in Baldoyle, said: "I think the whole allocation system is very unfair."

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