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Paul Flynn is full of praise for Dublin's young stars ahead of the All-Ireland final

Updated: Saturday, 21 Sep 2013 18:41 | Comments

Paul Flynn and Philly McMahon will start tomorrow
Paul Flynn and Philly McMahon will start tomorrow

Paul Flynn insists Dublin’s injection of new blood is driving on their team ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Football Championship final with Mayo at Croke Park.

Ciaran Kilkenny, James McCarthy, Paul Mannion and Johnny Cooper are among a large influx of new bodies into the Dublin panel as they reached a second final in three years.

Flynn said he has to be reminded of the age of some of his team-mates having seen composure defying their youth to reach this decider. 

He told RTÉ: “I’ll have to check their birth certs because these boys are wise beyond their years. Not alone are they coming in and playing really well they are also driving the rest of us on and being leaders on the field, which is great characteristics to have.

“They are a breath of fresh air around the place as well and pushing the lads on so it is great to have them there in the team and performing so well on the big stage. It’s great for them.”

One worry hanging over Dublin is their defensive display in the semi-final against Kerry, conceding 3-11 against a Kingdom team blessed with attacking riches. 

Flynn believe the response from the goals is just as telling.

The 27-year-old said: “Although we conceded the early goals we did realise these Kerry lads are very very good footballers, and that they know how to open a defence.

“They have the Gooch there putting balls in and putting lads through on goal. It’s difficult to stop at times but again I thought we showed a great bit of character to answer them goals by going down ourselves and getting one straight away.

“In the second-half as well to stop them and we showed/shored them up a lot in the second half. So we can take that positive away from it.”

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