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Wednesday 7 December 2016

All Ireland final will have an edge to it, Dubs selector Declan Darcy

Darcy expects real bite to Dubs v Kerry showdown

5 April 2015; Dublin manager Jim Gavin with selector Declan Darcy. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Round 7, Monaghan v Dublin. St Tiernachs Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
5 April 2015; Dublin manager Jim Gavin with selector Declan Darcy. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Round 7, Monaghan v Dublin. St Tiernachs Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Next Sunday's All-Ireland SFC final promises to have "an edgy feel" because that is always the way between Dublin and Kerry, according to Sky Blues selector Declan Darcy.

Darcy has experienced this special rivalry as a Dublin player in 2001, for that famous two-game saga in Thurles, and as part of the management team that oversaw victory in a semi-final classic two years ago.

"It's nothing like any other game," he declared. "I played against Meath in Leinster finals and stuff - but this is different."

That "edge" was even there when Kerry won a feisty league battle in Killarney at the start of March, when one straight red, four blacks and seven yellow cards were brandished.

"There's always a bite in Dublin and Kerry!" Darcy remarked. "I suppose the last thing they wanted us to do was to come down and rain on their parade. So it was a good game - that's what you want to play. You want it to be edgy and you want it to be tough.

"It was a good test of their resolve, because they could have easily - after coming back off a holiday - said, 'Do you know what, we'll let this one go and we'll get them later on in the year.'

"But they didn't: they put it up to us. And it was a clear shot across our bow that we weren't going to get anything handy off them."

 

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