"I'd go after Mannion"

December 06, 2018

Dunboyne's Gavin McCoy tackles Paul Mannion of Kilmacud Crokes during the Leinster club SFC quarter-final at Pairc Tailteann. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Kevin McManamon says Mullinalaghta will have to put the shackles on his Dublin team-mate Paul Mannion to win Sunday’s Leinster Club SFC final.

The Longford champions go into the provincial decider as 9/2 outsiders against a free-flowing Kilmacud outfit and McManamon, whose St Judes side were beaten by the Crokes in the Dublin SFC final, has afforded them a bit of tongue-in-cheek advice, according to The Longford Leader.

Speaking at the Protecting Livelihoods meeting in Granard Farmers Mart last week, the six-times All-Ireland winner stated: “I’ve heard that Kilmacud have like 5,000 members and you guys have 200 or something like that.

“What I would do is keep it tight at the back, prevent Kilmacud from creating goal chances. I’d get your biggest, fastest and toughest warrior to put his hand around Paul Mannion’s waist and don’t let go for 60 minutes.

“He scored 1-6 against us in the county final. So I’d go after Mannion, I’d go after the ‘keeper’s kick-outs and I would go after them physically.”

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