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Mayo in with a ‘great chance’

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THERE FOR THE TAKING The late Joe Staunton from Louisburgh holding his 1951 All-Ireland medal ahead of the 2006 All-Ireland Final.

Mike Finnerty

IF Mayo ‘back themselves’ and ‘are confident in what they’re about’ against Dublin in next Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC Final, then they stand a ‘great chance’ of winning.
That’s according to Armagh All-Ireland winner, Oisín McConville, who was speaking at a charity fund-raiser event in Westport last Friday night.
The Crossmaglen Rangers legend went on to say that this is Mayo’s ‘best chance’ of ending the county’s 66-year wait for an All-Ireland, provided they ‘stick to the script’ and ‘don’t think outside the box’ from a tactical point of view.
However, McConville believes that Dublin will win the game and complete their three-in-a-row of All-Ireland titles.
“Stephen Rochford doesn’t need to do anything out of the ordinary,” he told the large audience.
“The biggest worry he has is whether [Diarmuid] Connolly starts or not and what he does if Connolly does start.
“If I was him, I would have Lee Keegan primed that if Connolly starts, he picks him up, and if he doesn’t start he just plays his position. I think Dublin will start Connolly in the final and I think that poses a lot of problems for Mayo.
“Personally, I think Dublin will win. I know people say that Dublin haven’t been tested, and they haven’t been physically, but they were tested mentally big time the last day,” he added. “A lot of people were saying Dublin were susceptible to Tyrone and they knew they were coming up against an absolute blanket defence, 14 or 15 men behind the ball, and they mastered that. They did it with serious composure, more composure than I have seen from any team in a long time.”

 

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