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Published: 12:55 | 18/1/16

Gavin pleased with O'Byrne Cup campaign

Dublin beaten by Lonford in semi-final

Dublin manager Jim Gavin was happy with his side's O'Byrne Cup performance despite a 1-12 to 0-09 semi-final defeat to Longford at Pearse Park.

Gavin admitted that Longford were the better side and deserved their victory, but he remained content with his side’s outing and he is now fully focused on their league opener against Kerry in two weeks.

“It was a typical pre-season game,” Gavin told RTÉ Sport.

“I thought Longford looked very fit and mobile for January and they fully deserved their victory, playing some very good football.

“But it has been a great workout for the Dublin football team as well. We tried our very best and I couldn’t but commend the efforts of the Dublin players today but it wasn’t good enough against a very good Longford team.

“We had a few chances when there was a point in it; we hit the post and a few shots went wide but that is not to take away from the Longford who bounced back and finished the game off quite comprehensively so all credit to them.

“They’re a proud GAA county and you could see the reaction of the supporters; it meant a lot to them, and we wish them well in the final.”

There have been calls to scrap the O’Byrne Cup and other such competitions around the country to avoid player burn-out, but the Dubs boss believes the competition provides a much needed opportunity to some players.

“We got four good games, tried a lot of players and gave them an opportunity to stake a claim for the National Football League panel,” said Gavin.

“Coming out of today, we have two weeks uninterrupted preparation for the National Football League which is worth a lot of weight this time of year.”

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