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Thursday 20 September 2018

'I wouldn't have seen this result coming in a month of Sundays'

IT was a day for the blues as Dublin lost out on their chance to take on Kerry in the All-Ireland final.

Despite being favourites to reach the final for a second year running the Dub's dreams of holding onto the title were smashed by Donegal yesterday.

It all proved too much for some Dubs as they left the stadium ahead of the final whistle leaving the roars of the Donegal fans behind them.

However, despite the cruel defeat, Dublin fans remained upbeat about the future.

While there was disappointment in the air in Drumcondra yesterday, the fans looked on the bright side and were already starting to look forward to next year's championship.

"I don't think Dublin came up with their A game. They were tipped to win and I don't think they are used to being favourites," GAA fan Glen Murray from Cabra commented.

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"The first half was great but in the second half they held back a bit and Donegal just went for it."

As fans poured out of the stadium there was a lot of talk about Dublin's confidence being too high ahead of the semi-final.

Donegal fans meanwhile lingered at the famous stadium to soak up the atmosphere of their team's victory.

"They played the better football, they were attacking more," Lucan man Kevin Gahan told the Herald.

"But I suppose you can't win it every year."

Kevin was there with his daughter Charmaine (12), a Lucan Sarsfield footballer, and his partner Corrine McCarthy.

Gutted Dublin supporter Barra O Leidhin said that the defeat came out of the blue for so many optimistic fans. "I really didn't expect it. Donegal were by far the better team on the day.

"Dublin played into their hands in the second half. The two early goals in the second half killed us. I'm absolutely shocked, I wouldn't have seen it coming in a month of Sundays."

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Templeogue native Lynn Harper agreed and said: "We really thought we were going to win.

"Without being cocky we thought we had it. It was a huge let-down to see them lose."

Meanwhile Gavin Fleet and his girlfriend Aiobheen McMonagale (left) were devastated and delighted in equal measure.

The couple's county rivalry was brought to the fore yesterday.

Heartbroken Gavin from Knocklyon, in Dublin said: "We started so well and then lost the run of ourselves in midfield."

But his other half from Donegal was thrilled: "He was so confident this morning - everyone was - and we proved them wrong," delighted Aoibheann McMonagale remarked. Another couple who had their relationship tested at yesterday's game was Mary-Beth Davoren from Drumcondra who attended with her other half Michael Doherty from Donegal.

"He will be hard to put up with for the next month," she said and joked that she hadn't decided who to cheer for in the final yet.

In true sporting fashion the Dubs were keen to give credit where credit was due to the winning team who clearly outclassed the Boys in Blue.

"Donegal were set up perfectly to meet them," Shane McNicholas a supporter from Kilmacud commented.

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