Keep on writing us off, says defiant Donegal star McGrath

Keep on writing us off, says defiant Donegal star McGrath

Donegal defender Paddy McGrath has indulged in some fighting talk ahead of Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final, writes John Fogarty.

As a member of the last team to beat Dublin in the Championship 10 games ago, McGrath isn’t buying the theory that the reigning All-Ireland champions are untouchable.

“Is there any team unbeatable? We will see next weekend,” he said.

The in-form McGrath knows there will be those who dismiss Donegal’s chances once more, but it doesn’t tally with the opinion inside the camp

“Well, who writes us off, the media? Pundits? Everybody is entitled to their own opinion but we have our opinion as well,” he said.

“It done us no harm in the past, it will do us no harm now.”

McGrath had been working in Dublin when they faced in 2014 but has since returned to Donegal.

“I am home about a year now. Moved company and so I came back. I am loving my football and loving being back in home.”

The double-header means Dublin won’t have as many supporters for a standalone game, which means Donegal won’t be as outnumbered.

“Donegal people love getting the day out in Croke Park as well,” said McGrath.

“They will all be getting here (Croke Park). There is good banter with the Dublin fans, they are great craic, rather than being hateful.

“I know a few Dublin people from living up here and I expect to get a few texts from them this week.”

Paddy McBrearty’s 11-point haul against Cork last Saturday will have those travelling from the north-west more optimistic than hopeful. What McGrath saw of him in the qualifier didn’t surprise him.

“He is very capable of doing that. As you all know, he is a quality player, one of the best in Ireland.

“I am glad for him – his performance was fantastic. It's great to see, we just need more and more of him doing that.”

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