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O'Donoghue: Winning Sam is all that matters

Updated: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 10:53 | Comments

James O'Donoghue converted two penalties as the Kingdom reached their first All-Ireland final since 2011
James O'Donoghue converted two penalties as the Kingdom reached their first All-Ireland final since 2011

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Kerry forward James O'Donoghue feels the Kingdom must now go on and win the All-Ireland football title in three weeks; time.

The Legion clubman contributed 2-06 of his side's total as they edged out Mayo after extra-time in an absorbing semi-final replay at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. 

However, O'Donoghue is of the view that the heroics on Shannonside will count for nothing if they don't go on to lift Sam Maguire on 21 September.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "There is only one thing in Kerry and that's winning the All-Ireland. We said at the start of the year that if we get to the final it would take a good team to beat us. We're ready to shoot it out with whoever we meet in the final."

"We proved a lot of people wrong by getting to the final" 

Earlier in the year, many Kerry supporters doubted whether the side could make an impact in the summer campaign. For O'Donoghue, there was much satisfaction that such doubters have been proved wrong.

"It's been a steep learning curve and at the start of the year, nobody gave us a chance," he added.

"It was tough because we weren't expected to do anything in the Championship. We proved a lot of people wrong by getting to the final. However, it will count for nothing if we don't put on a good show in three weeks' time."

The corner forward went on to say that the battles with Mayo will stand to the team ahead of next month's trip to Croker.

"Two Championship games will stand to us. One of the games went to extra-time. You can't buy that preparation.

"I think it will be an advantage for us."

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