Saturday night will see a repeat of the last two All-Ireland Senior Football Championship finals as Mayo take on Jim Gavin’s Dublin in Castlebar.
While Sam Maguire has resided on the banks of the Liffey for the last three years, Mayo have been agonisingly close to ending their famine, however, time and time again they have fallen short when it mattered most.
While the pairs recent championship meetings have been nailbiters, the same can’t be said for their National League meeting in 2017. In Croke Park, the Dubs were 12-point winners as the Connacht men failed to lay down a marker for the year ahead.
The last time they met in MacHale Park, over 10,000 crammed into the stadium and saw the Dubs pick up a 0-09 to 0-07 win.
The Dubs were convincing winners at the same venue in 2015, while you have to go back to 2014 where Mayo managed to get a point of the men from the capital.
You have to go back to 2012 to find Mayo’s last NFL win against Dublin and if they are to repeat the trick six years later, they will have to defy the odds once again.
Brendan Harrison and Paddy Durcan are doubts and could be joined on the sideline by Chris Barrett, Donie Vaughan, the suspended Cillian O’Connor, Lee Keegan, Tom Parsons and Seamie O’Shea.
Keith Higgins is currently playing for the Mayo hurlers who host Wicklow on Sunday as they look to keep their 100 percent record going.
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