MAY DAY

His­tory beck­ons at Cro­ker but one county will crash and burn in fi­nal

Irish Daily Mirror - - MIRROR SPORT - BY PAT NOLAN

DUBLIN and Mayo chase im­mor­tal­ity in to­mor­row’s All-ire­land foot­ball fi­nal. Vic­tory for Dublin and they be­come the first team to from the county to win three suc­ces­sive All-ire­lands since 1923. Mayo, mean­while, are com­pet­ing in their 11th All-ire­land fi­nal in­clud­ing re­plays since they last lifted the Sam Maguire Cup in 1951. Their two most re­cent fi­nal losses, in 2013 and ‘16, have both been against Dublin, who only squeezed past them at the sec­ond at­tempt last year. Last night Mayo named an un­changed team from that which beat Kerry in the semi-fi­nal replay amid spec­u­la­tion Paddy Dur­can might force his way back in. Ru­mours abound that Paul Flynn may be re­stored to the Dublin start­ing line-up, due to be an­nounced to­day, at Niall Scully’s ex­pense. That would be a bid to steel the cham­pi­ons for a fierce phys­i­cal on­slaught from Mayo, though the guess­ing game will con­tinue un­til shortly be­fore to­mor­row’s 3.30pm throw-in.

CLASH OF TI­TANS Mayo’s Ai­dan O’shea and, right, Dublin’s Cian O’sul­li­van with the Sam Maguire Cup IN­SIDE: CON AND KEITH IN SPOT­LIGHT PLUS BERNARD FLYNN’S VER­DICT ON BIG MATCH

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