Why are Galway and Mayo underachieving in finals?

One of the western pair will improve on dismal big-day haul in Sunday’s final

No luck: Mayo’s Paul Towey is blocked by Darren Hughes of Monaghan during the NFL Division 1 match at MacHale Park last Sunday. Mayo have the worst record of any county for losing finals. Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Martin Breheny

Joe Kernan tells a story of meeting a group of Galway supporters leaving Croke Park after the 2004 National Football League final.