Mayo have the character and the hunger, but Alan Brogan believes that Dublin’s bench might just give them the edge
EVERY All-Ireland final is special in its own way, but whoever wins today will create a moment in time that will live long in the memories of players and supporters and will also enter the annals of history. Any way we dress it up, it is a game of epic proportions.
Dublin have the chance to create history and complete three-in-a-row for the first time since Kerry in 1986. Dublin’s one and only three-in-arow was 1921-’23. Football became so competitive in the mid-noughties that people thought a team could never dominate again in the way Jim Gavin’s side have in the last number of years.
Mayo are still chasing that elusive All-Ireland, last won in 1951. With eight final defeats since then Mayo will feel Sam Maguire is long overdue a visit west. Not unlike ourselves in 2011, a win for Mayo today would see an enormous outpouring of relief and emotion.
I couldn’t begrudge Mayo an AllIreland final win. This team have been to the well so many times, and despite painful defeats and nearmisses have shown the character and resilience to come back again. But for us Dubs who were starved for so long until that breakthrough in 2011 it’s important to make every opportunity to win that medal count while you have the chance.
Both sets of players will know the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself today. Neither team will take a step back and while the game will be tactical, the blanket defences we have seen recently will go out the window and the tactics of both teams will be to try to take the game to each other.