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Donegal are at fever pitch as All-Ireland final looms

By Amanda Ferguson

Donegal fans are gearing up for tomorrow's All-Ireland football final against Kerry in Dublin's Croke Park.

Throw-in for the hotly anticipated showpiece is 3.30pm in front of a capacity 83,000 attendance.

The Ulster champions, winners in 2012, stunned heavily fancied holders Dublin in the semi-final, but they know Kerry are dangerous opponents so will not be taking anything for granted.

Most bookmakers appear to be siding with Donegal to lift Sam Maguire, but they are wary of discounting the Kingdom, 36-time winners of the trophy.

Donegal boss Jim McGuinness has been shielding his players from all the hype ahead of the decider, as the "county is buzzing" in anticipation of winning their third All-Ireland.

He wants his players to concentrate on the job at hand.

"We have to stay focused on our football," he said. "That is what has got us this far."

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