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Mone: Farney match up well with Dubs and know how to beat them

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Dessie Mone. Photo: Sportsfile

Dessie Mone. Photo: Sportsfile

Dessie Mone. Photo: Sportsfile

Former Monaghan star Dessie Mone sees no reason why the Farney men can't get one over on Dublin again in Croke Park this Saturday and complete a remarkable Division 1 League hat-trick against the All-Ireland SFC champions.

No other team has had such success against the all-conquering Dubs - they have successive League wins against them in the past two seasons - but Mone believes that Monaghan match up particularly well against the five-in-a-row winners.

The 35-year-old may have recently stepped away from county duty having made his debut in 2004, but narrowly missing out on an All-Ireland final appearance against the Dubs in 2018 is still a sore point.

"When you win, you gain confidence so when you beat Dublin, you're certainly going to gain confidence in your squad. I always thought Monaghan had the players and the match-ups for this Dublin team for the last couple of years," Mone said yesterday.

"That's why I would have liked if we'd got through that 2018 All-Ireland semi-final (against Tyrone), it could have been a well-matched up All-Ireland final but that was never to be. We're always confident going in against Dublin though.

"We always felt we had the players and we took great rewards beating Dublin over that period. It'll be tight and there's no reason why Monaghan can't be competitive against them again. Picking up two points last weekend was a nice boost to the confidence."

While Mayo are regularly reminded of their numerous losses to Dublin since last beating them in the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final, Mone places great stock in Monaghan's ability to get over the line against the game's best.

"I'm sure the boys will be going in with the mindset that 'we know we have beaten Dublin and there's no reason why we can't go again' while Dublin will definitely be wanting to change that," he reasoned.

"They'll be coming in with the mindset that they want to beat us because they don't want us getting one over on them again because we could meet them down the line again and if you've beaten them once, then there's no reason that you can't do it again in summer."

Two 'new' faces collide on the line at headquarters with Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney returning for his second stint as Farney boss to take on Dessie Farrell's Dubs but only one can walk away with bragging rights.

Irish Independent