Dublin manager Dessie Farrell is confident ahead of tomorrow’s All Ireland Semi Final against Mayo

24,000 spectators will fill Croke Park tomorrow afternoon as Dublin and Mayo will once again do battle in the All Ireland Senior Football Championship. A place in the 2021 final is at stake, and for Dublin it’s the chance to compete in their seventh consecutive senior decider. It’s also the chance to make history, once again. Dessie Farrell has told DUBSTV that all is well in the camp.

“It’s always a privilege to be still operating and still standing at this stage of the competition. It’s a big occasion in the season and we’re delighted to be there.”

“Preperations are going well. And, you know, I think with the nature of the season and how condensed it is, the games come at you quickly. So major focus on rest and recovery after the Leinster Final. That was the priority for us. Everyone is fully charged and ready to go.”

Farrell’s panel has been boosted recently with the return of some key players like John Small, Eoin Murchan, Jonny Cooper and Dean Rock. And the manager is quick to admit that the boost is welcome.

“You want to be playing with a full deck whenever you can. And we did struggle with injuries earlier on in the championship, but that gave other players opportunities. They really stood up and did very well.”

“So I think it’s worked out well. We’ve got some of the experience back into the fold and we’ve got some newcomers as well. So all in all we’re quite happy where we’re at.”

Dublin and Mayo are always full blooded affairs

In the last decade Dublin have faced Mayo in 9 Championship encounters. And since losing to Mayo in the 2012 All Ireland Semi Final, Dublin have not lost a game against their rivals. Two of them ended in stalemate, and the majority of them have been extremely memorable. And Dessie doesn’t expect this weekend to be any different.

“It’s going to be a great clash, very little seperates these teams over the last number of years and they’re always full blooded affairs. Both teams tend to go toe-to-toe so I think the supporters are going to be in for a great spectacle.”

“And the players always enjoy those type of games and they’re to be relished”