The Mayo vs Dublin rivalry will forever be known as one of the best rivalries in the GAA.
Us Mayo fans will never forget the 14th of August 2021 and it was the day that Dublin GAA fans will do anything to forget.
Up until that day as I have said before the one question that was always asked was “Who will be the team to dethrone the dubs?”.
As we look towards Saturday, for me personally it’s a hard call to predict how the current Dublin team will perform.
Ever since the All Ireland Semi-Final, you wouldn’t think they have won six All Irelands over the years and the question on everyone’s mind at the moment is “What has happened to Dublin?”
It was the group of men that everyone was writing off prior to the match and it was one of the best days in Mayo GAA history.
In the past years whenever there was a Mayo vs Dublin match, many Mayo fans like myself would be nervous and already writing off our lads even though a ball hadn’t even been thrown up in the air.
Our Mayo men have had a good start to the year with a few bumps in the road but there will always be something needed to be improved on.
Many past Dublin footballers are saying “The more you right off the dubs, it makes them more driven to be better”, In my eyes, they will need a miracle if they are to get any bit close to lifting Sam Maguire this year and I will not be surprised if they end up playing Division two football next year.
With the return of Kevin McLoughlin from club duties, It will be interesting how big of an impact he will be following his great run with Knockmore.
Since GAA has resumed Mayo hasn’t had the ideal start but like always has fought back when needed to e the respective draw or win and ahead of Saturday’s game I can’t see dropping the points in Croker.
Out of both dressing rooms, there will be nothing but confidence in the Mayo half and nothing but nerves in the Dublin half, facing their arch-enemies who ended their streak of dominance in the GAA for the past six years.
For Mayo going into the game, the most important thing for the players to remember is that they have done it before.
Dublin will be coming in with determination to get their revenge on the team that started their downfall but it would be very hard to see them get the job done in their own backyard.
You have to expect the unexpected in GAA and I have no doubt this Saturday will be another chapter added to what is one of the greatest rivalries in GAA today.
Wishing James and the lads the best of luck in Croke Park this Saturday !