DUBLIN'S double-double bid ended in heartbreak yesterday in Croke Park as an epic Donegal performance put paid to their back-to-back All-Ireland bid, making a mockery of the pre-game odds.
The six-point defeat ended Dublin's run as Sam Maguire holders and also their bid to become the first team to win successive League and Championship doubles for 82 years.
Jim Gavin's men conceded three goals in an All-Ireland semi-final for the second time in successive years but unlike last season against Kerry, they failed to breach Donegal's stern resistance.
"I'm just disappointed for the players,to be honest," reflected Gavin afterwards.
"I know the level of preparation they put into this game was phenomenal and I couldn't question their determination their commitment and their resolve to the bitter end."
Asked about the subject of potential retirements after the defeat, Gavin insisted: "There is no talk of that at the moment. The guys are just very disappointed."
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