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3 big game talking points against Dublin


ALONE WITH HIS THOUGHTSJames Horan is pictured near the end of Saturday’s defeat to Dublin at Croke Park. Pic: Sportsfile

Mike Finnerty

1 Blue wave just too strong
SATURDAY night’s win for Dublin means that they have now gone 14 games unbeaten against Mayo.
It’s a remarkable run of results, stretching all the way back to the 2013 National Football League.
Memories of Mayo’s last victory in this fixture are now becoming hazy, that 2012 All-Ireland semi-final being followed by so many good days for Dublin.
The common denominator in all those 14 games is Jim Gavin, who has never lost a game to Mayo during his time in charge of Dublin.
His record of 11 wins and three draws speaks for itself.

2 Mayo’s lack of a goal threat
FIVE years. That’s how long it’s been since Mayo scored a goal against Dublin in the National League.
Little did we think that night in 2014 when Mikie Sweeney from Kiltane rolled the ball past Stephen Cluxton at Croke Park that we’d still be waiting for another one all these seasons later.
It’s an incredible statistic, and explains one of the reasons why Mayo have found it so hard to turn the Dubs over.
Mayo don’t seem to have the pace, movement or natural goalscorer that can penetrate Dublin’s well-oiled defence.
It’s worth remembering that the last two goals scored by Mayo against Dublin in the championship were netted by Lee Keegan.

3 The changing league table
IT’S amazing how quickly things can change when it comes to the Division 1 league table.
Between Mayo’s loss in Dublin, Kerry’s narrow win in Galway, Cavan’s comfortable victory over the Rossies, and Monaghan’s latest defeat in Tyrone, the gap between the top and the bottom has got a whole lot tighter.
The bottom line for Mayo is that they need to win at least one more game to be sure of not getting caught in a relegation battle in the weeks ahead.
Were they to beat Galway, Kerry and Monaghan then a first league final since 2012 will be on the cards.
But nobody is looking past the Galway game just now.