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Saturday 23 September 2017

'Mayo have an incredible hunger and there will be nothing between the teams', says true blue fan Des

RTE Sport’s Des Cahill and Evanne Ni Chuilinn. Photo: Colin Keegan
RTE Sport’s Des Cahill and Evanne Ni Chuilinn. Photo: Colin Keegan

He may be a true blue Dublin fan, but RTE sports broadcaster Des Cahill has given some hope to Mayo ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland title clash, admitting there is "nothing" between the sides.

The staunch Cuala GAA man has plenty to be proud about this weekend with four members of his club in the Dublin squad.

"Mayo are possibly at their best right now, for a couple of reasons. They've been knocking on the door so many times and failed to win it and this is almost certainly the last season for a few of their key players and leaders," he told the Herald.

"So because it's the last chance for many of them, there is an incredible hunger and desire on their part. I think people forget how narrowly Dublin has beaten them in the past," he said.

Des said that if last year is anything to go by, Mayo will prove to be a force to be reckoned with.

Michael Fitzsimons of Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Fitzsimons of Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile

"Last year, Mayo gave away two own-goals and Dublin still only won by a point so historically, there's nothing between them. I think that Dublin were superb against Tyrone but sometimes it's very hard to replicate a superb performance.

Mistakes

"When you give a performance that's 90-95pc, it's hard to replicate that on the next outing and tiny mistakes can occur."

While Des reckons Mayo have a strong chance at victory this weekend, a three-in-a-row title win for Dublin could be written in the stars.

This Sunday's All-Ireland final falls in a week where there were three separate winning tickets of the National Lotto sold in the capital. It also falls in the same year when Galway became the All-Ireland senior hurling champions.

Galway also won the All-Ireland hurling final in 1923 - the last year that the Dublin footballers did the treble. Des reckons the atmosphere this Sunday will be second-to-none.

Cuala stars Con O'Callaghan and Michael Fitzsimons are likely to start, while Conor Mullally and Mark Schutte are in the squad.

"Con has been sensational, he's one of the strongest young players of the year," Des said.

"I really want Michael Fitzsimons to get the All-Star as he has been brilliant for the last few years.

"He's quiet and very low-key and this year, his contribution has been recognised. Due to the lad's involvement in the match, there's been huge excitement in our club.

"Sunday night will be fantastic if they win.

"I'm working for RTE until midnight and then we're all going to head into town for a drink because it's the last night of the football."

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