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'You'd like to think there'll be improvement' - Flynn raises the bar again for high-flying Dubs

Paul Flynn challenges his Dubs team-mates to up their game again when they face old rivals Meath on Sunday.

Flynn was among the goals when Dublin beat Wexford last month.
Flynn was among the goals when Dublin beat Wexford last month.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

A LOT DONE, more to do. Paul Flynn isn’t a political man but the old Fianna Fail mantra pretty much sums it up for he and Dublin right now.

After retaining their Allianz League title they have scored 11- and 16-point Championship wins over Laois and Wexford to secure a third straight Leinster final against Meath.

The big thing for half-forward Flynn, however, is that the season is just getting going as they edge closer to their first significant win of the summer and the business end of the campaign.

“We got the job done against Wexford which was the most important thing,” said Flynn. “But we probably didn’t play as well as we would have liked to against Laois and, in patches against Wexford, we didn’t play to our potential either.

“We did show glimpses of it in the second-half against Wexford so that was good. But overall there’s definitely improvement to be had.

It’s about building in each game and we’ve got two good games under our belt at this stage so you’d like to think there’ll be improvement again against Meath.

Multiple All-Star and two-time All-Ireland medal winner Flynn hails from the Fingallians club in Swords, close to the Meath border. He knows what’s at stake on Sunday and what to expect.

“Meath are playing really well at the moment,” said Flynn. “They put it up to us last year but that was no surprise, every time you play against Meath, it is always a tight game.

Paul Flynn Flynn played on the Dublin teams that beat Meath in 2012 (pictured) and again in 2013. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

“That is the appeal of the whole Dublin/Meath rivalry, the form book goes out of the window and it is 15 against 15. They are chalking up big scores, they have scored nine goals in two games which is some going.”

Flynn said he grew up watching club colleague Kieran Duff playing in bruising battles against Meath. Now he himself is the man that regularly inspires Dublin as his Player of the Month award for June attests.

“As a team, I suppose there was that little bit more consistency there the last day which was good,” he said. “There were a lot of enforced errors against Laois. There probably wasn’t as much intensity there as we would have liked either.

But I think there was more of that against Wexford. I’m not going to say it was the finished article but I think we’re moving in the right direction.

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