5 Key Battles to look out for Mayo v Dublin

Not long to go now before the first of the All-Ireland semi-finals takes place. The game is on RTE on Saturday evening and we will have live score updates from 5 pm.

  1. Aidan O’Shea (Mayo) v Michael Dara McAuley (Dublin) – O’Shea put in a stunning performance against Donegal in the final Super 8 game, a man of the match performance. This will be right battle between him and McAuley two very powerful players. McAuley has been getting forward and grabbing goals this year. His driving runs at the heart of opposition defence are quite difficult to stop.

2. Lee Keegan (Mayo) v Niall Scully (Dublin) – Keegan has been outstanding for Mayo as he so often is in the green and red. He gets forward quite a lot and sets up numerous scores. He is also good for a score or two in every game. He will likely be up against Niall Scully who is pivotal to what Dublin does, he is a workhorse.

3. Keith Higgins (Mayo) v Dean Rock (Dublin) – Higgins is very experienced as we all know and he will likely pick up Dean Rock. He has won it all in the game apart from the illustrious All-Ireland medal and his side will go a step closer if they overcome the reigning five in a row chasers on Saturday. Rock will likely start ahead of Costello due to the impressive free-taking he is guaranteed to get 6 or 7 points from frees alone.

4. Philip McMahon (Dublin) v Cillian O’Connor (Mayo) – Philly McMahon will likely mark Cillian O’Connor in this game. He will also be given the licence to go forward and kick scores if he gets the chance. O’Connor will be tasked with taking frees and also racking up points from play. If Mayo get enough ball to him he will cause trouble for McMahon.

5. Paddy Durcan (Mayo)  v Con O’Callaghan (Dublin) – Durcan will be a big player for Mayo on Saturday. He gets forward and is well able to kick scores as we have seen all summer. Con O’Callaghan has shown us all what he can do and his performance against Roscommon in the Super 8’s where he won a lot of high ball was excellent. Not sure whether Durcan will mark him or not though.

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