"You feel alive during the games, but you feel dead after": Paul Flynn on the Dublin Mayo rivalry

Aidan O'Shea, and Paul Flynn joined Off The Ball: AM to talk GAA, basketball and life off the pitch

BY Adrian Collins 09:18 Wednesday 29 November 2017, 9:18 29 Nov 2017

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Aidan O'Shea and Paul Flynn joined Ger in studio to look back through the Dublin-Mayo rivalry to date, and life in the public eye.

Speaking about the fine margins in the game, O'Shea stated that even when picking over the footage afterwards, it was hard to pinpoint a reason why they haven't gotten over the line. 

"When you lose by a point, you're always looking for every little ball, every breaking ball, every hand pass or kick pass," O'Shea stated. "When you're winning by a point, you don't look for that.

"I think our conversion rate was higher than we've ever had it, our kick outs went really well, but sometimes you have to accept that Dublin were just that little bit better on the day, their conversion rate was that little bit higher.

"Some of those states, if you'd told me before the game that these were the numbers you were going to hit, I'd say yeah, we'll win the game if we do that. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say we played a really good game on the day but it just wasn't good enough."

For Flynn, having a rival like Mayo who he knows will push them all the way has been a motivating factor.  

"There's characters within both teams that really just never say die, that's probably what's made the games be the exciting games that they've been, but also that's given them a life of their own. 

"You feel alive in the middle of them, but you definitely feel dead at the end of them! For me, that's the white heat of intensity that makes me get out of bed and train at six o'clock in the morning."

Ahead of his big fight on Saturday night, 'Lillywhite Lightning' Eric Donovan also joined the Off The Ball: AM crew live in studio to talk about preparations for his next fight, and what it's been like having Andy Lee in his corner to give him 

Ger and John Greene of the Sunday Independent take a look through the sporting back pages as Ireland secured an outstanding 0-0 draw against Holland last night, and Conor McGregor is making headlines in the US. 

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