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Thursday 8 December 2016

Mayo star Lee Keegan: We don't fear the Dubs

Mayo goal hero can't wait to renew rivalry with Dublin in Croker

Lee Keegan, Mayo
Lee Keegan, Mayo

DUBLIN'S 14-point mauling of Mayo last March will have no bearing on the Connacht champions' preparation for their All-Ireland SFC semi-final rematch on August 30.

So says Lee Keegan, who insists Mayo are "biting at the bit" to get another crack at the Dubs rather than looking back in alarm at that 2-18 to 0-10 Allianz League landslide in Castlebar.

At the time, defeat would have left Jim Gavin's league kingpins staring at a possible relegation dogfight instead and this may have contributed to their turbo-charged, first-half blitz.

"It was just one of those nights where we never got out of second gear, and Dublin just put us to the sword early on," Keegan recalled.

READ MORE: Keegan revels in real deal of Dublin

"I don't think it's going to be a factor for us. Again, we've played Dublin enough times over the last five years to know … in championship we've beaten them, they've beaten us in big games.

"From that point of view we know what we've to work on; they know what they've to work on. Again, it's going to be a huge game, one we're really looking forward to," the two-time All Star concluded.

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