David Brady: Underdogs Tipp can beat Mayo by harnessing momentum of Connacht and Leicester
Despite an overwhelming consensus that Tipperary’s incredible Championship run will come to an end when they meet Mayo in the All Ireland football semi final on Sunday, David Brady is refusing to write off the Premier County.
The recent successes of plucky underdogs combined with Mayo’s previous failings in dispatching of sides supposedly beneath their station has rendered Brady unsure whether or not Stephen Rochford and co will book passage to September’s showcase.
Indeed, Mayo have come a cropper more than they’d like in the face of supposedly inferior competition.
After losing to Sligo in the 2010 Connacht SFC quarter final, they were then ignominiously eliminated in the Round 1 qualifier by Longford.
Six years earlier, it required a replay to see off an unheralded Fermanagh outfit in an All Ireland semi final before they were beaten in the finale by Kerry.
In fact, few foresaw Galway turning them over in this year’s Connacht semi-final. As such, Brady reckons Mayo should be genuinely concerned by the prospect of facing Liam Kearns’ men.
“The one thing about Mayo football - every team is different, and every cycle is different – but I’ve always seen Mayo continuously fail to compete with the lower level teams,” he said on the Throw-In podcast
“You can’t quantify how a team can get beat in 2010 by Longford but then they can beat the Dublins, Kerrys and Tyrones of this world when it matters in All -Ireland quarter and semi finals, the big games.
“I just think that the name Tipperary should be obliterated from the Mayo mind-set, and it’s down to the results, what they’ve achieved and the players they have on the pitch.”
From Tipp’s perspective, Brady believes they must hit Mayo hard in the early goings as they did against Galway in the quarter final, otherwise the experience deficit they are conceding could prove decisive.
That said, in a year when Connacht Rugby and Leicester City confounded the experts, it is entirely possible that Tipperary have tapped in to their psyche.
“Now, experience is key; if Tipperary go and start like they did against Galway, they could be out of sight by half time because the need to believe and feel that once the ball is turning, they’re in the game and competitive.
“If they have 10 opportunities to score and they don’t take them in the first 10 or 15 minutes, like they did the last day against Galway, that opportunity might come so it’s important Tipperary get a good start.
“I honestly believe that, whoever they have or haven’t got, they have the momentum. We’ve seen it in sport, whether it’s soccer or rugby, in the last 12 months.
“Leicester should never have won a Premier League and Connacht should never have won a Pro12, but Tipperary have the momentum behind them and in all sports that is vital.”
“Tipperary are delivering that different sort of mentality in the 2016 football Championship,” he said.
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