Only Mayo can match the Dubs, claims Flynn

February 05, 2019

Dublin's John Small and Cillian O'Connor of Mayo square off during their side's All-Ireland SFC final replay at Croke Park in 2016.
©INPHO/James Crombie.

Bernard Flynn is convinced that Mayo are the only team capable of giving Dublin a run for their money on the biggest stage.

Jim Gavin’s all-conquering charges are bidding for an unprecedented fifth successive All-Ireland title this year and are odds-on favourites (8/15) to retain the Sam Maguire Cup. Flynn reckons that – with James Horan back at the helm - fourth favourites Mayo (12/1) are the only ones that could stop them:

“For me, Mayo were excellent on Sunday. Their performance made a significant statement to all their rivals – it was one of real courage and great character. with a lovely balance between counter attacking and defence,” the former Meath ace writes in The Irish Daily Mirror. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – in full flow they are the only team fit to match Dublin in the heat of battle at Croke Park.

“Their foot passing was crisp, their counter-attacking play was at a blistering pace, their finishing was very accurate and their hunger and appetite for work stifled Tyrone at every turn. Mayo looked like a team that are back. They have been rejuvenated with new blood and are clearly hoping for a crack at the Dubs in Croke Park later on this summer.”



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