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Mick O'Dowd: Meath need '72-minute performance'

Updated: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 14:55 | Comments

Dublin have beaten Meath in the final for the last two years
Dublin have beaten Meath in the final for the last two years

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Meath boss Mick O’Dowd knows that his side can’t afford anything less than a “72-minute” performance against Dublin in Sunday’s Leinster final (Croke Park, 2pm).

The sides meet for the third year in a row in the decider with the All-Ireland champions looking for their ninth Leinster title in ten years.

O’Dowd told RTÉ Sport: “It’s going to require a 72-minute performance, full of massive concentration and really good accuracy in everything that we do, our tackling, our passing.

“But it’s a brilliant challenge and it’s brilliant to be preparing for it.”

Counterpart Jim Gavin was keen to downplay Dublin’s achievements over the last three years, which has seen many of his panel claim two All-Ireland medals.

“The here and now is what this team is about,” said Gavin.

“Looking back at what they’ve won is for when they finish up playing football.

"There’s a great passion for Leinster football in the Dublin camp. There’s great passion to play against Meath and we’re really looking forward to the game.”  

Watch live TV coverage of the Leinster SFC final, Dublin v Meath, from 1.15pm on RTÉ Two television on Sunday, 20 July. Live on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday Sport.

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