No Paul Mannion, no problem, as Dara Mullin and other Kilmacud Crokes forwards are ready to step up 11 months ago

No Paul Mannion, no problem, as Dara Mullin and other Kilmacud Crokes forwards are ready to step up

"We just took it upon ourselves to raise our game an extra couple of percent."

Paul Mannion opted out of Dublin panel this season to turn his attention solely to his club, Kilmacud Crokes.

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It looked to be the correct decision, as Dublin lost their first championship in seven years, and Mannion was on fire, helping Crokes soar through the Dublin championship and into Leinster.

However, an injury in the semi-final has turned out to be more serious than first thought, so now the sharp shooter will miss their historic All-Ireland Club final against Kilcoo this Saturday.

The Leinster champions aren't a one-man show however, as they proved in the provincial final, and All-Ireland semi-final.

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Another Crokes gun slinger, Dara Mullin, believes that he and the other forwards are ready to step up their game.

"Obviously, we'd prefer to have Paul playing if we could, given the the quality of player he is, but such as the situation that we're in," said Mullin, who was part of the last Dublin squad to lift Sam Maguire in 2020.

"As a forward (division) united we just took it upon ourselves to raise our game an extra couple of percent.

"There has been more of an even spread of scores around the place and everyone's just kind of realising that they need to step up to the plate and take on a little bit more responsibility in his absence.

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"He is such a quality player that most of the time when he gets the ball a score comes from himself or through someone else.

"He's been a huge player for us in the past. But I suppose come Saturday, as the six forwards we're just trying to get as many scores as we can and help the team to get the right result.

"We've played two games without him now but I think I think we have improved, and there still is more room for improvement. I think we're going in the right direction."

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Mullin says Mannion has adapted to being a valuable member of the management.