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Coulter Calls It

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

I DO not normally credit a team that have just been beaten in an All-Ireland Final but this Mayo team are something special.

People have knocked this group time and time again but only for them over this past few years we would not have a Championship worth watching.

They have been (Dublin aside) an amazing team to watch this summer and so many of the Mayo lads should be so proud of the year they given football supporters.

They are a group of players that never gives up and who place themselves under so much pressure just to call themselves Mayo men - and they are a credit.

I must pay special mention to Tony McEntee for the work he has done with this squad over the past two years.

What other All-Ireland winning manager would be happy to play second fiddle for anyone in this day and age?

He has shown what a brilliant manager he is and the Crossmaglen man and Stephen Rochford have done an outstanding job.

Of course Dublin are again All-Ireland Champions and they have an amazing squad of players, The Dubs have been so dominant all summer it's hard to see when it will stop.

They had a subs bench on Sunday that not only would start on every inter-county team in Ireland but would push for honours too.

A Dublin second team would be as good as any team in Ireland with the exception of Mayo. I think Dublin manager Jim Gavin got it wrong in starting O'Gara ahead of some of his other players but he seen it was not working and made the big calls at half-time.

Kilcoo and Burren will contest this years Down Senior Championship final after both teams had relatively easy semi-finals wins.

Castlewellan and Downpatrick will be disappointed with how they performed but it just goes to show how far both teams are ahead of the chasing pack in Down.

It promises to be a great game with Kilcoo going in as favourites but Burren certainly stand a good chance of taking the title away from them. Burren will need big performances from their senior players and if they get that then they are in with a big shout.

Derry's defeat to Kerry in the Minor final should be a big wake up call to Ulster football as a whole. Ulster football is getting left behind so badly it's too scary.

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