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Published: 12:19 | 2/10/16

Gavin praises subs after All-Ireland win


Dublin manager Jim Gavin singled out substitutes Bernard Brogan and Cormac Costello for their professionalism after Saturday's All-Ireland replay win over Mayo.

Dublin edged out the Heather County 1-15 to 1-14 in the replay at Croke Park, as Mayo's 65-year wait for the Sam Maguire continues.

Brogan and Costello came on to kick late scores to give The Dubs a three-point lead in the final moments, and Costello then hit his third point in injury-time to make it a two-point game, which proved crucial when Cillian O'Connor pulled back a late point for Stephen Rochford's side.

"Bernard coming in, Cormac getting three from the bench, even Darren Daly deep into the game got probably a match-winning block," Gavin said after winning his third All-Ireland title.

"That epitomised to me the spirit and the character in this Dublin team; they showed that to me in the drawn game and they showed it to me today when Mayo threw everything and anything at them.

"Players are obviously disappointed that they don't play. But once it's explained to them that it's for the greater good [they accept it]"

Gavin was particularly delighted to see the return to prominence of Costello, who played in the 2014 Al-Ireland semi-final against Donegal but dropped off the Dublin radar since, and only played what the 45-year-old calls "a bit-part role" this season,

"He’s played well in training," said Gavin.

"Those three points that he got, I could give you lots of tape from training games and training in general that he kicks. That’s the form he’s in. We had faith in him. We believed he would have an impact with his pace.

"He has been an outstanding player underage – had a little bit of a dip in form – but has come back strong now. With his club Whitehall Colmcilles, we had seen that form as well."

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