August 27, 2018

All Ireland Football Final Preview

It has come around a bit earlier this year, but that has not dampened the excitement. The All Ireland football takes place this Sunday at Croke Park and it see’s four in a row chasing Dublin take on Mickey Harte’s Tyrone who are in the final for the first time since 2008. This match-up is also a repeat of the 1995 final, where the Dubs prevailed. It has been a season with a difference this year, with the introduction of the Super 8’s for the first time, which gave the quarter finalists an extra 2 games each. Coincidentally, Dublin and Tyrone clashed in the Super 8’s in Omagh, with Dublin just coming out on top. This All Ireland final match up is intriguing, with the vast majority of pundits and supporters thinking that the Dublin juggernaut cannot be stopped, but Mickey Harte will have a tick or two up his sleeve as Tyrone lay in the long grass waiting the pounce. Everyone here at Intersport Elverys are eagerly awaiting Sunday’s game!

As we have already mentioned, Dublin are looking to win their 4th All Ireland title on the bounce and have not lost a Championship game since Donegal beat them in the Semi-Final all the way back in 2014. That’s some going. Jim Gavin’s men have changed their style of play this season somewhat, becoming more possession based and patient with their build up play instead of the more all out attack tactics they used to employ. The Blues’ remain strong all over the pitch and have a bench full of stars that would start for most other county teams. It’s hard to see past this Dublin team winning and further staking their claim as the best team of all time (even if they have some distance to go to match the great Kerry team of the 1970’s and 80’s.

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Tyrone’s season has not been straight forward, after defeat to Monaghan meant an early exit from the Ulster Championship. The team regrouped through the qualifiers (where Meath nearly knocked them out) and have grown stronger as the championship has progressed. They came through a tough Super 8’s group with Donegal, Dublin and Roscommon and got revenge on Monaghan in the Semi Final. Interestingly, Tyrone are the first team ever to lose two games in the Championship and make it to the final, due to the new format. This will be Mickey Harte’s 4th All Ireland SFC Final and he is yet to lose one. He is around a long time and will have a plan up his sleeve to disrupt the Dubs’ and cause a shock on Sunday. Time will tell, but anything can happen on All Ireland final day.

Shop Tyrone GAA in-store or online HERE.

Let’s hope it will be a cracking game in Croke Park at 15.30 on Sunday afternoon. May the best team win!

Minor Final – Kerry vs Galway

This years All Ireland Minor final will be played at 1.30 as usual, before the Senior Final. But this year is the first year that it has been an under 17 competition, opposed to an under 18 one. That being said, 4 in a row champions Kerry are once again in the final looking the claim their 5th straight Minor Title and a record 15th overall. Galway are looking to win the crown for the first time since 2007 and add title number 7 to their haul. It should be an interesting encounter and a great game to wet the appetite ahead of the Senior Final.

Shop Kerry GAA HERE.

Shop Galway GAA HERE.

We are really looking forward to Sunday’s action!