Let the battle for Sam commence

By Tomas Mulcahy.

What a rollercoaster ride the last few weeks have been for all GAA followers, in both codes. Usually, if you have a good few games in hurling then the football is bad, and vice versa, and I like rubbing it in to Brolly, Spillane and Co when hurling is to the forefront.

But this season it has been pure entertainment on all fronts in football and there’s no doubt in my mind that the two best footballing teams in the country are contesting the football final.

Mayo and Dublin set the early pace and continued to go from strength to strength in all their championships matches. They were free scoring in attack but also many contributions came from defence. Most importantly there is less of the pulling and dragging, and teams are putting high scores on the board as a result. So what are the key battles?

Every position will be a battle and every player will want to win his own patch, but in football midfield will always hold the key and the performances and aerial power of the O Sheas from Mayo will have been on Jim Gavin’s radar for a while now.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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