The Battle Of The Two Underdogs

 

                            Photo: Irish news 

We’ve had the battles between David and Golliath, the tortoise and the hare but now we have the battle of the underdogs in the All Ireland Semi Final 2021.

Each year the GAA seasons never fail to amaze me and this year was no different.

Throughout the season it was already decided that Dublin would be in a final but everyone’s question who would they be against

It was yet another season where pundits told us to go home or telling us we shouldn’t even bother showing up, I’m so proud of our lads for overcoming the odds.

After all the talk about 7 in a row, All the talk about how Kerry were going to bring something different to the table, it was the two underdogs who prevailed to now battle it out in the final.

Even though everyone myself included expected a Kerry v Mayo final, even though I’m confident with our Mayo panel I’m sorry but how earth do you recover that quickly from Covid and get to an All Ireland final ?. 
Yes they had a great win but its safe to say it didn’t beat our win against Dublin.

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Even though a favourite may not be picked yet I can’t see why Mayo couldn’t go in as favourites, when you compare both Mayo and Tyrone’s win it was Mayo’s win that proved to be the more historic.
Throughout the years we have had to listen to all the talk about 7x in a row and out of all people it was Mayo who did it after nobody else being able to dethrone Dublin.
I feel with that Dublin win under our belt I can’t see what can stop us from listing Sam on the 11th.
When you review how our lads have done up to now I have to say I’m so proud of every single one of our lads for how they have performed.
Ryan stepping up to the plate when we needed someone to stand in for Cillian, Rob getting his Croke Park redemption, Amazing new chapters being written for amazing careers.

                                        Photo:Irish Sun 

When thinking about the final it’s kind of a mixture between nerves and emotion.
We got to see our comeback to Division 1, another Connaught title, slaying of the dubs and now another final.
To think James and our lads are just one win away from ending a 70 year wait of sadness and misery it’s the best feeling in the world, out of all the finals in the past its this one that Mayo fans are the most confident.

                                   Photo:Irish Times 

When looking back at pictures from the Mayo win against Dublin I couldn’t think of any other man who deserves to be the one yo lead mayo into victory other then James Horan.
He’s just the definition of an amazing manager, someone who’s been through it all with Mayo, having to listen to doubters after doubters whilst showing he’s one of the best in the game.
For me it’s always been James Horan and his Mayo team and like many I’m so proud no matter what the outcome will be on the 11th.

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Out of all the finals we have been through in the past this year I’m more confident then ever.
Our panel have shown all the critics that they are one panel of amazing players and I’m so proud of every single one of them.
Whatever the result is on the 11th itll be another where I’m proud to say I’m from County Mayo with one hell of a panel 💚❤
Best of luck to James and the lads 💚❤

Chloe Lynch

I'm Chloe Lynch a GAA journalist from County Mayo.
I've been writing for over a year, some of you might know me best as The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA.
My main goal while writing is to give back to the players within the GAA.
I have had my work read by members of the Mayo panel.
I hope you enjoy this blog as I share my passion for GAA with you.

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