Mayo play Dublin in the 2013 All-Ireland football final, we preview the match along with all the latest team news on the starting line ups.
The All Ireland Football Championship which has flattered to deceive this year. It was not until the semi finals between Mayo/ Tyrone and Dublin/Kerry that we saw games of quality with both teams realistically in with a chance to win. Mayo and Dublin have been the best teams by far in the championship and fully deserve their place in the final. Lets have a quick look at what has set these team apart this year.
Mayo were out of sight before Galway and Roscommon knew what had hit them before they dismantled the reigning champions Donegal in humiliating circumstances in the All Ireland quarter final. Mayo also showed a steel that many thought they lacked in the semi final coming from behind against Tyrone. One of the major features of this Mayo team is their tackling. James Moran’s men have taking tackling to a new level this year swarming over opposition defenders and winning a huge percentage of turnovers.
Dublin cruised through Leinster until Meath took the time to give them a game. All the time spectators wondered just how good is this Dublin team, Jim Galvins men provided the answer coming from behind against Kerry in dramatic circumstances. It is the bench where Dublin may hold the advantage in this exchange. The ability of Dublin to spring attackers like Dean Rock, Eoghan O’Gara and Kevin McManamon gives Galvin serious options to freshen up his attack.
Players to watch
One of Mayo’s key men is Aidan O’Shea, the midfield powerhouse is built like a tank; a tank with incredible mobility and fuel efficiency. He wins a lot of ball around midfield and has great distribution from the kicked pass. O’Shea gets through a lot of work in defence and is one Dublin will need to keep quiet.
Jack McCaffrey has emerged as one of the talents to watch this season and a key member of Galvin’s team. The wing back has put in some inspirational performances gobbling up the wide open spaces of Croke Park, with quick feet and a footballing brain that belies his tender years McCaffery will be a major player in the final. Both men look set for All-Stars as we predicted earlier in the week.
Dublin: S Cluxton; P McMahon, R O’Carroll, J Cooper; J McCarthy, G Brennan, J McCaffrey; MD Macauley, C O’Sullivan; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, D Connolly; P Mannion, P Andrews, B Brogan.
Mayo: R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, C Barrett; L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; A O’Shea, S O’Shea; K McLoughlin, K Higgins, A Dillon; C O’Connor, A Freeman, A Moran.
So will it be 24th for Dublin or 4th for Mayo? Can Mayo overcome their reputation as nearly men? I have a feeling that this may well be Mayo’s year, they have beaten this Dublin team once already and while this is rarely a reliable indicator when you add in the pressures of the big occasion this Mayo team look like they have the strength of character to see it through. Dublin have not beaten Mayo in Championship football since 1985.
It looks unlikely that Mayo will just fall over the line, so get on Mayo to win by 5pts or more at a huge 7/2 with Boylesports.com , Also as you can see below Andy Moran is 14/1 to win the RTE man of the match which seems like a generous price.