first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness believes Dublin should come through the replay against Mayo on Saturday night, but says it will be another bruising exchange. The All-Ireland semi-final wasn’t the greatest of spectacles in footballing terms, but both sides literally put their bodies on the line and Mayo’s comeback made it one of the most exciting games in recent years.McGuinness said it was real championship football with a hard edge and that the commitment from both sides was commendable. McGuinness found the contest intriguing but believes Mayo missed a trick by not employing Barry Moran on the edge of the square.In his weekly column with The Irish Times McGuinness offered his analysis on the match and how things may pan out in the replay on Saturday.McGuinness said, “It was championship football with a true hard edge.It may not have been a flawless game but there were some excellent passages of play and, as an occasion, it contained everything you could hope for from sport.“It was just exhilarating and the commitment from both teams was commendable. “I felt that, overall, Dublin’s game plan was superior to Mayo’s and that this was reflected on the scoreboard after an hour.“They are at a deeper level of understanding of what they want to do and of how to execute it. I thought tactically they got so much right. Their kick-out strategy was very strong – apart from the one they lost at the end of the match, which was critical.McGuiness felt Dublin lacked discipline and this was evidenced by the fact Cillian O’Connor scored 1-09 from placed balls.“The one area that I felt they were lacking was in discipline – 1-9 for O’Connor from a penalty and frees tells its own story.“I thought Dublin were excellent in transition and, as the game developed, they pushed the game out to a lead by seven. Ciaran Kilkenny was excellent in the first half and they produced scores more easily than Mayo. “They got a lot of joy from kicking long, diagonal ball into the right-hand corners. The training field was written all over their performance.McGuinness has a hunch Dublin will get over the line but wouldn’t be surprised if Mayo yet again turn logic on its head.“My hunch is that Dublin will come through but only if they face down what will be a significant Mayo challenge.“Logic suggests that Dublin have the football ability to do that. But Mayo are masters at turning logic on its head. “So who will blink first?MCGUINNESS – “MAYO ARE THE MASTERS OF TURNING LOGIC ON ITS HEAD” was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Home-page Sportnewslast_img read more