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Alan Brogan Outlines What Mayo Need To Do To Have A Chance Of Beating Dublin

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne Updated

Even without Diarmuid Connolly - the man viewed as their star player in recent years - Dublin still destroyed a Tyrone team many thought would give Jim Gavin's side a serious test in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Alan Brogan believes that Connolly will start the final against Mayo. However, he does not name him as one of Dublin's most important players right now. The three-time All-Ireland winner lists Stephen Cluxton, Brian Fenton and Ciaran Kilkenny as the key men for the Dubs.

If Mayo are to stand a chance of ending their 66-year search for another All-Ireland title, Brogan believes they must shut down Fenton and Kilkenny - two players he believes allow Dublin to dictate the pace of play.

Even though Ciaran's shipped a little bit of criticism for some static play and the sideways passing, I think all that's doing is trying to coax a defensive team out to leave gaps in behind.

I think if I was Mayo, I'd be going man-to-man on Kilkenny. I wouldn't be giving him the freedom. He likes to operate in these little pockets around the middle, picking up the ball and setting up attacks. If you let Ciaran do that, it just builds momentum for Dublin and puts them on the front foot straight away.

I think Mayo will like to hold their shape but I think they really need to shut down Ciaran Kilkenny. He's the playmaker. They need someone to go man-to-man with him.

Brogan also thinks Mayo will have to go man-to-man with Fenton when he enters their half.

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Brian Fenton around the middle - we saw it against Mayo a couple of times - he has this knack of ghosting in behind, getting into the opposition half unmarked. He's not a guy that Mayo want to leave free. He can kick scores off his left and right foot.

Even though he hasn't got that many goals, he has a knack of drifting into goal scoring opportunities and setting up goals. He's one they really need to watch too and have someone mark him once he gets into the Mayo half.

Alan Brogan was training parents and kids at SuperValu’s #BehindTheBall Volunteer Camp at Skerries Harps in North County Dublin. SuperValu’s volunteer camps are taking place nationwide and are designed to encourage more parents to lend their support and get involved in their local clubs throughout the country.

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