GAA – All Ireland Final Preview Pt3

Will Sam Maguire winter in Donegal for the first time in 20 years or in Mayo for the first time in 61 years?

The answer will emerge on Sunday when the counties clash in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Football final in Croke Park.

Donegal are back in the final for the first time since 1992, the year they won their first and - so far - only All-Ireland title while Mayo were last in the final in 2006 when they lost to Kerry.  Mayo won the last of their three All-Ireland titles in 1951.

It’s the first Connacht v Ulster clash in the final since 1948 when Cavan beat Mayo by a point.

Donegal and Mayo have met only once before in the championship, with Donegal winning the 1992 All-Ireland semi-final by four points, prior to going on to beat Dublin in the final.

Donegal have had six outings to reach the final, winning four games in Ulster before beating Kerry (All-Ireland quarter-final) andCork(semi-final). Mayo had two wins in Connacht before beating Down (All-Irelandquarter-final) and Dublin (semi-final).

Mayo’s Barry Moran who has cemented his place in midfield says it’s a privilege to be playing in an All Ireland Final…
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Glenswilly’s Michael Murphy is heading into the Final as Captain and if Donegal was to win, it would be Michael who would be lifting Sam…
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Mayo Manager James Horan says there is no added pressure given they haven’t won an All Ireland in 61 years...
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With wins over three of the last four All Ireland champions Donegal are favourites to lift Sam on Sunday.  Manager Jim Mc Guinness does not feel that tag will be a problem…
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