Brogan bids to match dad’s haul

Bernard Brogan is already on the lookout for a third All-Ireland medal to match his father, Bernard Snr.

Brogan bids to match dad’s haul

Dublin’s two-goal hero played down his contribution to the victory as well as his return to scoring form, which started in the semi-final win over Kerry.

“It’s very special, I’m delighted. Obviously, it’s nice to get a goal in the All-Ireland final but it’s about winning medals and that’s the second one there. I’ve one more to go to catch my dad, that’s the next one.”

He spoke of his quieter performances earlier in the season. “The lads are flying all year, they didn’t need me earlier on. I was carrying a few knocks during the end of the league and into the championship and trying to get it right.

“I was tightly marked but that’s just the way it went. I didn’t get massive scores but today I just got a bit of luck and got a couple of balls passed across, and that’s it.

“If you’re in the right position, you might get some scores. That’s part and parcel, on any other day someone else would do it but I’m delighted to do my bit for my team.”

Although all three of their starting U21 players were substituted yesterday (Paul Mannion was injured), Brogan is optimistic about what lies ahead for Dublin after a second All-Ireland title in three seasons.

“The age profile is very young and the lads who came in and made a difference all year, the Ciaran Kilkennys, the Jack McCaffreys, the Paul Mannions, these lads have been brilliant all year.

“And they’re still very young, people don’t think about that when they’re looking at them, and the pressure they’re under.

“They’re 19 and 20 years of age and have 10 years of football ahead of them, so please God there will be many more All-Irelands.”

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