McMahon: We’ll be well primed for Donegal

As difficult as it is to believe, Philly McMahon only realised Donegal were Dublin’s semi-final opponents after the Leinster championsdefeated Monaghan on Saturday.

McMahon: We’ll be well primed for Donegal

“I only found that out there. I haven’t even processed it yet.Looking forward to what Donegal bring to the table. We’ll be doing our homework on them.”

Taking him on his word, it’s a remarkable insight into the single-mindedness of this Dublin outfit, and he says they will be primed for anything Donegal throw at them.

“From their previous experience (in 2011), I think they probably will go defensive. But look, you just don’t know. They could go out the next day and play somethingdifferent. We have to prepare for everything. It will be our game-plan that we will be really concentrating on.”

Nominated man of the matchby Sky Sports at the weekend, McMahon laughed it was his first such award for Dublin.

He can’t draw parallels with last season just yet as he admits his season only began in earnest in the All-Ireland final.

“I find it very hard to compare. I suppose the one change is in terms of the competition in the team – there are really good lads there who are pushing to get into the team and they didn’t come on so that just shows you how much competition there is. Lads like Kevin Nolan, Davy Byrne — these guys are pushing and pushing in training and they didn’t even get a chance. So it’s great competition.”

McMahon has no preference for the style of Dublin victory as long as it’s achieved. “We can’t pick and choose our games. We come out and play our game and whatever score it is, it is.

“We’ve still things to improve on. We wouldn’t be satisfied with that result even though everybody will look at it and say, ‘Jesus, they won by a lot of points’.

“We’ve a lot of things to workon and that’s what we’ll do overthe next three weeks. I think ourshot selection wasn’t great at times. We had three or four more goal chances but we didn’t take the right options. I think we need to work on that.”

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