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Thursday 14 December 2017

Cavanagh: Dubs are best ever

Gavin's men 'scare' Tyrone legend

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh is tackled by Dublin’s James McCarthy last Sunday in Croke Park. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh is tackled by Dublin’s James McCarthy last Sunday in Croke Park. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Sean Cavanagh has hailed Dublin as "quite possibly" the greatest team in the history of Gaelic football.

The Tyrone legend confirmed his inter-county retirement after Sunday's 12-point loss to Jim Gavin's ruthless machine, with only Mayo blocking their path in the first All-Ireland SFC three-in-a-row since Kerry in 1986.

"The opposition was much stronger than I have ever seen throughout my whole career and I said that to a few of them leaving the pitch," Cavanagh told RTÉ. "In my opinion they are the greatest team I have ever faced and quite possibly the greatest team to have played GAA.

"It scares me that they have so many good players and they are seamlessly going through the gears without having to rely on the same players. Their pace, their power is at a level that is above ours and in my eyes above everyone."

The 2008 Footballer of the Year added: "It's not that they are unbeatable, they will be at some stage. But where they're at as a team, and their level of preparation, impresses me.

"Mayo have a serious job on their hands in an All-Ireland final to match that."

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