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'O'Shea and McManamon were swinging at each other' - Dublin and Mayo's pre-match fracas

Tensions between the two sides threatened to boil over on a couple of occasions.

Updated at 16.32

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SUNDAY’S ALL-IRELAND SFC final between Dublin and Mayo was a tense, closely-fought affair, so it’s no surprise that the game threatened to boil over on a couple of occasions.

Yet what the majority of viewers won’t have known is that the friction between the two teams was starkly apparent even before throw-in.

According to John Casey of Midwest FM (audio above), there were “players going for each other” in the tunnel and Aidan O’Shea and Kevin McManamon were “swinging at each other,” among other less-than-harmonious scenes.

Whether Mayo actually succeeded in ruffling Dublin’s feathers is open to debate, but what’s certain is there will be no love lost when the sides meet again in the replay on Saturday week.

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