EVEN IN THE immediate aftermath of Mayo’s dramatic 0-19 to 0-16 win over Dublin in Croke Park yesterday, the team were intent on putting the champagne back on ice and re-focusing all eyes onto the ultimate prize.
Perhaps it’s because Mayo have been more than once-bitten, and so, are many more times than twice shy.
Or perhaps it’s because within the group there is thriving level of confidence mixed in with steely determination.
In this post-match interview with TV3, Alan Dillon underlines that although Mayo are historically the “nearly-men”, this Donegal side have little experience of the grandest stage the GAA has to offer.
“A lot of us have been there before,” says the Ballintubber man. “We’ve an experienced management team – we’ve seen this side of it before, our lads have their heads screwed on.”
Mayo will be well accustomed with the three-week-long hype machine that will rev up mercilessly before the 70 short minutes which decide whether it will combust or produce a long sought-after trophy.
Dillon is one of many who will be out to ensure his fellow players keep those heads screwed on:
“Listen, players have one job to do: that’s go out on the pitch. And that’s what we hope to do.”
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