On Saturday evening, for the tenth time since 2012, Mayo take on Dublin in an all-or-nothing Championship showdown at Croke Park. That 2012 All-Ireland semi-final meeting between the two counties was the most recent time the Green and Red came out on top in this head-to-head fixture but, with an infusion of youth in their ranks, hopes are rising once more that the county has a team that is capable of going toe-to-toe with the champions.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we preview Saturday's big game. Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty hosts the show and he's joined by Mayo News columnist Billy Joe Padden and by RTE's Kevin McStay, two former Mayo players who know what it's like to be involved in a big Championship fixture like this one.
The lads discuss why playing the Dubs in a semi-final is a different proposition to taking them on in a decider and how this may influence how the game might go. They talk about team selection - focusing on the McLoughlin/McLaughlin stick-or-twist conundrum - and they consider likely match-ups for Saturday evening, before casting a glance on the respective benches of both teams. Dublin's strengths and weaknesses are assessed, the relative experience of both goalkeepers gets a mention and predictions for how the game might go are made.
Mike also catches up in this episode with Malachy Clerkin of the Irish Times whom he met at the hurling in Croke Park last Sunday. Malachy has seen Dublin at close quarters a few times this summer and he explains to Mike why he thinks Mayo have a great chance of toppling them on Saturday evening.
This episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Podomatic and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as on the Mayo GAA Blog.
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The Mayo News football podcast is produced and edited by Ger Duffy Media. The show is sponsored by Ceramic City and Swinford Motors, two fine Mayo businesses with whom we're proud to be associated this year