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The big battle for Sam

Tomorrow Donegal and Mayo meet in the All-Ireland Gaelic football final. A Donegal win would be their first All-Ireland victory since 1992, while Mayo haven't lifted the Sam Maguire since 1951. While Mayo have appeared in four finals over the past two decades, Donegal haven't made it to a final since 1992.





As the supporters of both counties travel in their tens of thousands to Dublin, they will be acutely conscious of just how difficult it is to win an All-Ireland final.

Mayo's disappointments in recent years and Donegal's failure to follow up on their 1992 victory mean that both counties will be desperate for success. They have in Jim McGuinness and James Horan two of the best young managers in the country.

No quarter will be asked for or granted when the two sides meet. The game will be a fascinating contest of two contrasting styles of football. With Mayo having knocked out last year's champions Dublin and Donegal having despatched Kerry and pre-tournament favourites Cork, neither side has had an easy passage to the final.

Whoever wins will be worthy victors. We hope both sides do themselves justice -- and may the best side win.