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Sam Maguire remains a realistic ambition for Donegal players

Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher with Rory Gallagher after the 2012 All-Ireland final win over Mayo.

Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher with Rory Gallagher after the 2012 All-Ireland final win over Mayo.

GAA – ALL-IRELAND FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND FOUR QUALIFIER

BY CHRIS MCNULTY

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This weekend’s meeting with Galway will be Donegal’s tenth Championship game at Croke Park since 2011. Headquarters, when you add in six National League games to that tally, has become a regular venue for Donegal.
As he looks around his huddle, team manager Rory Gallagher can just feel the experience telling him that Sam Maguire remains a realistic ambition for his players.
He said: “We have won and lost All-Ireland finals in the last few years – getting back there is very much the aim again.
“Look they’ve been around the block and there is a hard core of them who are down the home stretch of their careers.
“That brings a level of seriousness and the big game knowledge is huge now.
“We have been down the road before and we know that it’s not all plain-sailing.

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