Philly McMahon views Saturday’s ‘Game for Anto’ as an opportunity for Dublin to avenge this year’s shock All-Ireland SFC semi-final defeat to Donegal.

A number of Donegal stars are expected to feature for Joe Kernan’s Ulster selection in the historic game at Ravenhill, the proceeds of which will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and deterMND – the charity set up by former Antrim football captain Anto Finnegan, who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.

“Any time Dublin play against northern opposition, it’s always a good battle and there’s always a few feisty moments,” the Ballymun Kickhams defender noted in the Irish News.

“We will be looking forward to getting another shot at the Donegal boys after the All-Ireland semi-final. We still carry hurt from that game, but only towards ourselves. We didn’t perform to our capabilities.

“We did well in the first 20 minutes, but we didn’t sustain that. We can’t aim that anger at Donegal because it was all about our own failings.

“It was one of those weird situations where you have a lot of emotions and regret afterwards. A serious amount of thinking was done.

“The great thing about the Dublin lads, though, is that they always look at themselves before they start looking at other individuals to blame. We’ll all be looking to put that right on Saturday.”(Hoganstand)
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