Clash of the Titans

13 September 2017 | Posted under National News Sports

Dublin and Mayo both have their sights set on creating history when they collide in the All-Ireland Final on September 17.

Croke Park will be packed to the rafters when these two counties contest Gaelic football’s biggest occasion for the second successive year.

Dublin beat Mayo after a replay in 2016 and, should they again emerge victorious, they will become the first county to win three successive All-Irelands since Kerry in 1986.

You have to go back to 1951 for Mayo’s last All-Ireland title. Since then, they have lost eight finals and many predicted last year was the last chance for an ageing team.

That indeed appeared to be the case after a disappointing defeat to Galway in Connacht, but Mayo’s response to that setback was impressive.

After progressing through the qualifiers, Mayo were taken to replays by both Roscommon and Kerry in the All-Ireland quarters and semi-finals, but dug deep to book a rematch with their great capital rivals.

Dublin remain strong favourites to retain Sam. Jim Gavin’s men won their five championship games this summer by an average of 14 points and are being described as one of the greatest sides in Gaelic football history.

Can Mayo end their long wait, or will Dublin’s dominance continue? This is a game not to be missed!

Did you know?

Dublin have won a hat-trick of All-Ireland titles on three previous occasions: 1897-99, 1906-08 and 1921-23. Is 2015-17 destined for the history books?

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