Wednesday 21 February 2018

Eugene McGee: The weight of history can drive Dubs on

Brian Mullins and team-mate Kieran Duff celebrate Dublin's momentous victory over Cork in the 1983 All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at Pairc Ui Chaoimh - supporters on Hill 16 will be hoping
for more of the same when the two counties do battle for a place in this year's final this Sunday.
Brian Mullins and team-mate Kieran Duff celebrate Dublin's momentous victory over Cork in the 1983 All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at Pairc Ui Chaoimh - supporters on Hill 16 will be hoping for more of the same when the two counties do battle for a place in this year's final this Sunday.
Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

There is a peculiar relationship that exists between many inter-county teams that has created a sort of superiority complex between some of them. This means that, whenever certain counties meet in the championship, one of them really believes that they almost have the right to beat the other.

A very good example of this occurred in the recent Connacht football final. Sligo were hot favourites to beat Roscommon and the form of the two teams this year backed that up, with Sligo moving up to Division 2 and Roscommon dropping down to Division 4, as well as Sligo beating both Mayo and Galway en route to the final while Roscommon beat London and Leitrim, a much easier draw.

But inter-county football is not a rational activity. The people of Roscommon always believe that they will beat Sligo in the championship, regardless of current form. And on this occasion they did, in some style.

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