POETRY IN MOTION Ballintubber’s Alan Dillon, seen here in action against Hollymount/Carramore’s Stephen Coen, shot five points in Wednesday evening's Mayo SFC quarter-final replay. Pic: Michael Donnelly
NEXT Sunday will be Alan Dillon’s fifth Mayo SFC Final appearance and the Ballintubber legend is gunning for his fourth winner’s medal.
Ominously for either Castlebar Mitchels or Garrymore, the 35 year-old play-maker has found his best form again in recent weeks and can’t wait to get a shot at another title.
“It’s great to be back into a County Final, and there’ll be a great buzz around Ballintubber this week,” Dillon told The Mayo News.
“It would be unbelievable [to win it] because we’ve missed out in the last few years, we’ve been very disappointed with our performances in the knock-out stages.
“Last year we were beaten by Castlebar and the year before by Breaffy so we just want to go into next week’s final and put in a big performance.
“Hopefully that will be good enough, against whoever we’re playing.
“Castlebar have been the form team for the last three or four years in Mayo and they’ve a huge panel, a huge squad,” he added.
“Full credit to Garrymore today they asked questions of Castlebar, but we’ll concentrate on ourselves for the next seven days.”
Dillon played very few championship minutes for Mayo earlier this summer during his 15th senior campaign, so he’s obviously fresh and raring to go ahead of Ballintubber’s fourth match in three weeks.
“The body is good and we’ve had a good run in the last couple of weeks. The year overall has been good in terms of keeping fit, keeping on the pitch, and I’m managing it well.
“When you come back to the club, we’ve a lot of winners within the dressing-room. The focus was to get out of the group stages and hopefully build some momentum in the knock-out phases.
“While we stumbled over Hollymount/Carramore, out second half performance in the replay was very encouraging.
“Today we built on that and the game was probably over from half-time.
“We were very mature in our play, we were composed, we used the ball wisely, and a lot of our fellas had their preparation and their recovery spot-on which is important with the games coming thick and fast.”