Sunday 25 August 2019

Mayo must have a 'Plan D' to cause semi-final upset - Brady

Former Mayo star David Brady. Photo: Sportsfile
Former Mayo star David Brady. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

The only way for Mayo to halt Dublin's All-Ireland SFC five-in-a-row bid is to have "a plan D" and bring lots of unpredictability to Saturday night's mouth-watering last-four clash, according to former Mayo star David Brady.

No team have come closer to taking down Jim Gavin's Dubs in recent seasons than Mayo with heartbreaking one-point defeats in the 2016 (after a replay) and '17 All-Ireland finals and the next instalment of their rivalry already has tongues wagging.

Brady believes throwing something different at the Dubs is the only way to cause a seismic shock.

"Have Mayo got a Plan D, a plan for Dublin?" Brady said on The Throw-In podcast in association with Bord Gáis Energy.

"The higher you raise the bar for this Mayo team, the more they relish it. This team confounds everybody.

"I don't know what height they can reach but Mayo on their day can beat anybody, including themselves. I know they can compete and give us a phenomenal game.

"You need to have Dublin thinking on the back foot and there's going to need to be something different to beat them."

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That could see James Horan using Andy Moran starting and coming off before being sprung again in the closing stages much like Tyrone legend Peter Canavan did in their 2005 All-Ireland final triumph, but Brady is adamant that the 2017 Footballer of the Year must finish the game.

"I don't know why managers don't do it more often with certain players. However, I am of the belief that Andy can last 70 minutes. We have two pillars in midfield with Seamus and Aidan O'Shea. The quality of the ball going inside has improved dramatically in the last two games," Brady said.

"It's a team game and if it's a case of sacrificing Andy until 10 minutes into the second half or at half-time and telling him, 'Regardless of what's going on in the game, you're coming on at that time', then so be it. But Andy Moran has to finish the game."

Brady expects match-ups to be crucial with Paddy Durcan set to pick up Dublin dynamo Jack McCaffrey and he doesn't rule out an upset as he believes Dublin are untested thus far this season.

"That long, high ball into the Dublin defensive 'D' has and will cause them problems. You have Philly (McMahon), Jonny Cooper and Rory O'Carroll, guys who are well experienced, now will they have the legs to last for 70 minutes?

"They haven't had that intensity for a long, long time. They've been chopping and changing and only had a game for the first 30 minutes against Cork before pulling away."

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