Thursday 19 October 2017

Tomás Ó Sé identifies the six players that will decide All-Ireland final

Tomás Ó Sé believes if Dublin's defence performs then their three-in-a-row quest will be successful
Tomás Ó Sé believes if Dublin's defence performs then their three-in-a-row quest will be successful
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé doesn't envisage a fairytale end to a dramatic summer for Mayo.

Ó Sé believes the Connacht side's wait to lift Sam Maguire in the Hogan Stand will enter a 57th year in 2018.

Stephen Rochford's men have been building momentum since their Connacht semi-final defeat to Galway and despite a first championship win over Kerry in 21 years, Ó Sé expects Dublin to be too strong.

"It will be interesting to see how Mayo approach certain things tactically... kick-outs, who they'll put man-to-man, the forward line, Aidan O'Shea's role, the midfield sector in terms of work rate but I can't see Mayo beating Dublin over 75 minutes," Ó Sé told The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast.

"No matter if they deserve it or they've had some Trojan season and if they're going better than they have before, I still find it hard to see how Dublin will be beaten.

"Dublin bring in these young fellas who haven't won All-Ireland's and they have the hunger. The older lads from 2009 when we hammered them off the field are there and that little bit of edge is there as well. That's important.

"I just can't see Mayo out-shooting Dublin."

Ó Sé believes the result will hinge on the Dublin rearguard and he doesn't expect the experienced unit assembled by Jim Gavin to fluff their lines.

"The Dublin full-back line have a huge say in where this goes. The Dublin backline in general. The answer is there in those six players and how well they do," he added.

"If they play well on Sunday, I can't see Mayo winning."

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport