Saturday 17 August 2019

The Throw-In: D-Day looms in Castlebar, Jim Gavin’s plan for Diarmuid Connolly and the future of the Super 8s

Mayo manager James Horan during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final Group 1 Phase 2 match between Mayo and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Mayo manager James Horan during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final Group 1 Phase 2 match between Mayo and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
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It wouldn't be a Championship without a Mayo drama and the showdown looms in two weeks’ time for the clash between Mayo and Donegal for a place in the All Ireland semi-final.

Donegal, however, are coming good and despite missing players, have to be pleased with themselves and their performance in the draw against Kerry.

On this week’s Throw-In, Ciaran Whelan joins Will Slattery and Donnchadh Boyle to assess the potential of the rivals to Dublin’s crown, though Kerry, Donegal and Mayo have some way to go before being considered as serious contenders.

As for Diarmuid Connolly’s return, Whelan says he’s there for a reason, though not for the starting XV,

"Jim Gavin brought him back because of his X factor and Dublin will need a significant impact for the last 15-20mins off the bench. There’s no one better than Connolly. He’s been brought back for that purpose."

Also on the show, the panel discuss the future of the Super 8s, while the Rising Stars this week are Donegal’s Oisin Gallen and a special mention for the under-rated but still rising, Stephen O’Brien from Kerry.

For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/

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