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Saturday 10 December 2016

James McCarthy: Dubs have given answer to a lot of unfair criticism

'Dubs have given answer to a lot of unfair criticism'

Dublin's James McCarthy celebrates at the final whistle
Dublin's James McCarthy celebrates at the final whistle

THE current generation of Dublin footballers created history in Croke Park yesterday - and silenced their detractors into the bargain, according to James McCarthy.

The All Star defender suggested that this year's All-Ireland drive, which culminated in 0-12 to 0-9 victory over Kerry, was sparked by the criticism that followed last year's semi-final ambush by Donegal.

"There was a lot of hurt over last year," said McCarthy.

"A lot of people questioned our character. A lot of slurry thrown at us, I thought. People calling us cowards and chokers and bottlers … it annoyed me.

"And it annoyed a lot of men in that changing room. But I think we gave the answer in the last couple of weeks."

In truth, Dublin should have won by considerably more than three points but victory meant they have now slain the Kerry giant in three consecutive SFC clashes for the first time ever. It also means this group has emulated the '70s team by lifting Sam three times in the space of five seasons.

"Nothing will ever match Kevin Heffernan's team and what he did for Dublin GAA ... we just stand on their shoulders really," suggested winning boss Jim Gavin, who has now overseen two All-Irelands, three National Leagues and two Leinster titles in his first three seasons.

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