Saturday 10 December 2016

THE THROW-IN PODCAST: Unfulfilled Mayo, the weight of failure and Dubs' history in the making

Published 15/09/2016 | 17:23

It’s the final big one of the GAA season – it’s Mayo taking on Dublin in the 2016 All Ireland football final and Alan Brogan and James Horan are on the Throw-In podcast to preview the game.

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Are Dublin unbackable and unbeatable as they seek to retain Sam Maguire for the first time since Heffo’s Heroes in 1977?

Or can Mayo, with nothing to lose, unshackle themselves from a sixty-five year burden of history, including seven All Ireland final defeats?

It’s a mouth-watering clash and James Horan, former Mayo manager, and Alan Brogan, former Dublin All Star, joined INM GAA correspondents, Frank Roche, Conor McKeon and Donnchadh Boyle as they looked ahead to Sunday’s game.

"There is pressure on the Dubs," admitted Brogan.  "But Dublin have been there and done that.  The Mayo players must be feeling the pressure internally - if they don't win an All Ireland their careers won't be fulfilled."

In contrast, James Horan says Mayo can handle the occasion and the players believe in themselves to do it despite the weight of history heavy on them.

"You can't lock players away in a cocoon away from the talk of past defeats," said Horan.  "Everyone knows the recent history of Mayo but this is a different team with different players trying to write their own history."

In the weekly charity bet with BoyleSports, Alan Brogan stepped up to the mark and offered two tips - and it's not his brother he's betting on.  He's going for Kevin McManamon for man-of-the-match at 14-1 and Jason Doherty to be the first goalscorer at 12-1.

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