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Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

It's All Ireland Final Day And Dublin Expect Toughest Challenge Yet

It's All Ireland Final Day And Dublin Expect Toughest Challenge Yet

Both sides are unchanged from their respective semi-finals, but there could yet be changes closer to throw-in.

Since they have suffered well-publicised heartache in the finals, failing to win any of their last 10 appearances.

Wing-back Colm Boyle will make his 90th Mayo appearance with Aidan O'Shea named at centre-forward and his brother Seamus in midfield.

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford says "sport can can be cruel" after the county's hopes of a first All-Ireland Football title since 1951 are dashed.

"They have been knocking at the door for so long now, they've experienced so many terrible days, and so much bad luck", said Canavan in his weekly column.

They came perilously close to dethroning the champions but once again fell agonisingly short, one point - one wayward kick, one near miss - the difference between the teams at the final whistle. Sometime the wheel has got to turn.

"This historic three-in-a-row winning run is a marvellous achievement from one of the best county teams we have ever seen", Mac Donncha said.

Mayo (6) (4 graduates, 2 current students) Graduates are: Cillian O'Connor (Captain), Rob Hennelly, Danny Kirby, Conor Loftus.

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