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Thursday 19 July 2018

Frank Roche: Sell-out

Full house signs up for Dublin's Donegal clash

IT'S official - the full-house signs have already been erected around Croke Park and next Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final between Dublin and Donegal is now an 82,300 sell-out.

But Dublin's top elected official, chairman Andy Kettle, has warned that the huge surge in capital support won't guarantee a first All-Ireland senior appearance in 16 years for the Sky Blues.

"The big chances have to be taken by the players," Kettle told the Evening Herald.

"Yes, when you have the crowd behind you, it does help to lift you. But nobody on the terraces can really influence what happens on the pitch.

"That's down to the 15 or 20 players who actually play, and the instructions they get from management on what they have worked on at training.

"If Dublin get going and the crowd get behind them, it makes it a lot easier - but the converse can happen," the Dublin chief cautioned.

Next Sunday will now shatter the previous attendance high for 2011 - 58,723 for a Leinster SFC double-header topped by Dublin/Kildare in June.

Kettle confirmed there had been a massive interest hike from the minute Dublin blitzed Tyrone in the quarter-finals, adding: "At no stage did you feel it was ever going to be anything under 75,000."

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