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Jim Gavin hails Dublin's resolve after thrilling win over Kerry

Updated: Monday, 02 Sep 2013 13:44 | Comments

Kevin McManamon score one of Dublin's late goals
Kevin McManamon score one of Dublin's late goals

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Dublin manager Jim Gavin hailed his side’s resolve after they edged out Kerry for a place in the All-Ireland final in a classic encounter at Croke Park.

The team’s swapped the lead on numerous occasions in a breathtaking encounter and Kerry led in the 68th minute.

However, a Diarmiud Connolly point levelled the game before sub Kevin McManamon scored a crucial second goal.

Gavin told RTÉ Sport: “There’s a great resolve and determination and willingness never to quit in this Dublin team.

“When we came down to the final quarter we had a great belief. The players themselves had great belief in their own ability.

“We knew that they were going to keep coming strong and they kept the intensity of the game up at a great level throughout the full 70 minutes.

“It’s a credit to them for doing that against a formidable Kerry side who really threw everything at us...but we’re really happy to come out with the result.

“The game ebbs and flows and we accept that with the way we play our football, the game goes up and down and we needed to keep to the game plan."

"The players themselves had great belief in their own ability" - Jim Gavin

He added: "They didn’t waver and even at half-time there was no sense of panic and it was very calm and very focussed. They were looking forward to the second-half challenge and thankfully we came through in the end.

“It was a great game, two teams that really believed they could win.

"Both of them showed that in the way they played football, the way we believe, and certainly Kerry believe, the way it’s meant to be played.

“It could have gone either way at the end. The Dublin camp are acutely aware of that."

Dublin will now face Mayo in the final on 22 September but Gavin would not be drawn on the claim that it was the final that everyone wanted to see.

“We’ve just concentrated on each game on its own merits. Our complete focus was on Kerry but we’re looking forward to it,” he said.

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