Former Mayo great, David Brady has claimed that All-Ireland Champions Dublin will be “unsure of themselves” as they prepare for next Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final with the beaten finalists of 2016 and 2017.
hile Dublin spent the weekend engaged in a bout of shadow-boxing against Tyrone with both sides fielding their second string, Mayo produced their best performance of the summer to dispose of Ulster champions Donegal.
It's that lack of a proper test that Brady believes will lead to uncertainty in the Dublin mindset before their clash with the one team that have pushed the boys in blue to the pin of their collar on their journey to the four-in-a-row.
"That's eight semi-finals in nine years so there’s no denying the quality, tenacity and resilience in this team," Brady told The Throw-In podcast, Independent.ie's GAA podcast in association with Bord Gais Energy, as he pointed to Mayo’s returning players as potentially being decisive.
"The positives for Mayo are the players coming back.The one thing Mayo have been lacking over the last couple of months is a presence in their half-forward line. We haven’t had that but last Saturday night Paddy Durkan and Jason Doherty were outstanding.
"Fionn McDonagh put in a massive amount of work. He was an outlet for many balls, even from Rob Hennelly. They haven't performed consistently as a half-forward line all year, there’s been changes every game.
"The unsung hero coming back from injury, who has really changed the dynamic of this team, is Seamus O'Shea. His work ethic, his link play. He's put in a massive amount of work considering his first game back after a long term injury was coming on in Killarney.
"He's gathered momentum since and momentum is a massive strength. Especially coming up against a team like Dublin who are untested and will be unsure of themselves.
"No matter what people say or who they play, in recent years it's only in the latter stages in any way, shape or form that Dublin have been tested. The semi-final or final.
"And more often than not, there’s only one team that has really put it up to them and that’s Mayo."