Donaghy won’t destroy them if they defend anything like last year. He’s getting on a bit for that.
Here’s another angle to this:
2013, they were favorites, and that was just about right given they best us in the 2012 semi, and had the hunger of having lost the final, where they got stung with 2 early goals but otherwise looked well the match for Donegal. But Dublin had actually won in 2011. But we hadn’t got much real credit for that, what with the KMM and NBA(national bitters’ assoc) getting up a head of steam by 2 years later. And we had alot of hype about us after the semifinal V Kerry, and defensively/tactically questions were still very much being asked after that game. Also of course there was national campaign going on for Mayo to win Sam “because they deserve it etc”. My only real interest in that stuff was that the ref would give us nothing, just like 2012, and that indeed was fairly true. But they had the perfect start in many ways, 5-1 up, and no early goals conceded. No excuses…
2015: Mayo confident because “they waz robbed” in 2014(even alot of people on here said it. I didn’t think so I have to say, even the head clash thing was a symbol of the will to not win they seemed to have), and also because the lucky and dirty Dubs only won by a point in 2013, and that was just coz their private ref tricked poor St C about the time left to play. And they could/should have killed us, again, in the last few minutes. Not to mention ROC going off early after an ‘unfortunate’ clash of joints…
But we were clearly by far the better team, and arguably proved that in the replay, though for a long while Mayo looked set to kick on. Personally I think we always had that one in the bag.
2016: No reason for Mayo to be confident except they came in so under the radar even a Russian submarine sonar wouldn’t have spotted them. And truth be told they should have won the first day, they were clearly the better team on the day, and the goals were outrageous pieces of bad fortune, even more so in a low-scoring game on such a wet, greasy day.
The replay was anybody’s and looking like theirs but for two things, the change of goaly, and Cossie. And Dermo sticking that peno past Clarke.
My overall feeling is that they could really have won Sam on one occasion if they really had the conviction: the first day last year, possibly the second day if they had Clarke start.