Mayo are back at the business end of the Championship, with another showdown against Dublin set to take place on Saturday week. In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we start the countdown to the big match, in the company of Mayo News columnist Billy Joe Padden and former Mayo manager Stephen Rochford, who together take a fascinating deep dive into the tactical planning and thought processes that go into preparing a team for a match like the upcoming All-Ireland SFC semi-final.
They discuss Dublin’s recent form, including their display in last Sunday’s Leinster final win over Kildare, and Stephen outlines why he feels that rumours of the champions’ demise have been greatly exaggerated. He explains how Dublin do what they do, why the third quarter of games against them is so important, and why it might not be such a good idea to bet against them playing in this year’s All-Ireland final.
Stephen also talks about Mayo’s season so far, what they will need to do (and probably will try to do) to beat Dublin for the first time in nine years, and why he feels there are reasons to be optimistic about Mayo upsetting the odds on Saturday week.
This episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Podomatic and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog using the SoundCloud player below or the one on the panel on the right.
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The Mayo News football podcast is produced and edited by Ger Duffy Media. The show is sponsored by Ceramic City and Swinford Motors, two fine Mayo businesses with whom we’re proud to be associated this year.