Mayo won't fear Dubs, says McGee

August 05, 2019

Donegal's Neil McGee takes to the field. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Donegal full back Neil McGee believes Mayo are the one team that can derail Dublin's quest for five-in-a-row.

The Westerners have come closer than anyone to ending Dublin's dominance in recent years and would relish the prospect of ending their 'drive for five' in next Saturday's eagerly-awaited All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.

"They’ll have no fear of Dublin," McGee told RTÉ after injury forced him to miss Donegal's Super 8s defeat to the Westerners in Castlebar. 

"Dublin are obviously firing on all cylinders this season and they’ll be very hard to stop, but if there’s one team that can match them for intensity it’s Mayo. 

"They seem to bring that in every game and it’s very hard to get to that level - that’s the level that Donegal need to get up to."

McGee hopes Donegal's younger players will learn from Saturday's loss.

"We knew what to expect because we've been there and been on the receiving end of it a few times. If we take anything out of it, it’s that the younger boys will take some learning out of that. It wasn’t the quality that beat us, it was more the intensity. If boys can take anything out of it, it’s that there," he continued.

"It was a do-or-die game, a knock-out game and they came out on top. Simple as that. It’s not about rivalries or anything like that - we wanted to get to the semi-finals and we wanted to get to the semis.

"We can say we missed chances, but they missed a lot of chances as well. They seemed to get the breaks, they looked the hungrier team."

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