Diarmuid Connolly & Lee Keegan Preview Dublin v Mayo Quarter-Final
Here at BoyleSports we caught up with Dub legend Diarmuid Connolly and Mayo legend Lee Keegan ahead of the Dublin v Mayo quarter-final.
Both Connolly and Keegan took part in an ”Epic Conversation’ as BoyleSports offer ‘Epic Odds’ on this weekend’s big game.
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During the Epic Conversation with the legendary pair they spoke of their time in the county jersey, how Keegan would feel if Mayo win an All-Ireland without him, how the game will play out on Sunday and much much more!
Check out the Epic Conversation below:
Connolly & Keegan’s Dublin v Mayo Prediction
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Dublin legend and BoyleSports ambassador Diarmuid Connolly gave his prediction on how he thinks the game will play out this Sunday evening:
“You’d have to back Dublin, although if they go toe-to-toe with Mayo it could be curtains.”
“Mayo could wipe them out in the first ten or 15 minutes and Dublin would be chasing the game all day long. But if Dublin come out and keep it tight for the first half, I think we have the finishers coming down the stretch to win the game by four or five points.”
Connolly also gave us his take on how he thinks the race for Sam Maguire could play out:
“If Kerry beat Tyrone, I think Kerry could go on and win it, but I do think Dublin have the beating of Tyrone.”
Keegan Believes Mayo have the squad for Sam
Mayo came into the year at odds of 12/1 to win the All-Ireland but slowly saw their odds tumble over the course of the season to 5/1. Those odds fell due to a number of impressive performances including a league title along the way. So is it fair to say that they have a good enough squad to go all the way this year? Keegan weighed in:
“Mayo probably do have the squad to win an All-Ireland based on what we saw against Galway.”
The Westport man went on to laud Mayo manager Kevin McStay for some big decisions he made for the Galway game.
“I thought Kevin McStay made some pretty ballsy calls, Mattie Ruane being the biggest one. It’s a positive for Kevin he can make those changes and the guys who came in actually made an impact – we’ve played enough years when we probably didn’t have that impact from the subs, but they have it now and they are going to need that, they’re not going to win an All-Ireland otherwise.”
Keegan: Dubs will go all the way if they beat Mayo
🗣 “I think they’re bored.”
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Some of Keegan’s best performances of his career came against Dublin on big days in Croke Park. With that in mind, it’s fair to say that the 2016 Footballer of the Year knows exactly what Mayo will be in for on Sunday.
Keegan gave us his verdict on what concerns Mayo will have against this Dublin team and how he rates them in the race for this year’s All-Ireland.
“The worry for Mayo is they’re coming up against a bit of an unknown in Dublin.”
“I’ve said it from day one and I haven’t changed – it’s Dublin’s All-Ireland for me, I’ve backed them all year. I think they’re bored – they’re looking for this test on Sunday to get them hyped up and a win will kick-start them into the latter stages.”
“Division Two was a matter of ticking a box and there wasn’t much competition in Leinster. So now we’ll see the real Dublin and that should bring out the best in both teams.”
The Mayo great went on to give us his opinion on what both Mayo and Dublin will be hoping for in terms of how the game plays out.
“They’ll get a lot of hard questions from Mayo, but the problem is that Dublin stay patient and structured and that will negate Mayo if they stay away from chaos. If they can avoid the chaos then I can see them winning by two or three points. But if it gets chaotic, then Mayo could run riot, that’s where Mayo want to get it to.”
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