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Finnian Moriarty: Down should look to Mayo example

UNDERDOGS….Few are predicting a Down win against Tyrone

GAELIC Life columnist Finnian Moriarty has said that Down must look to Mayo’s win over Tyrone last year to increase their chances of shocking the Red Hands on Sunday.

Writing in today’s Gaelic Life, which includes a 20-page free Ulster Championship final supplement, Moriarty said that Mayo found a way to beat Tyrone’s defensive system.

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“Stephen Rochford and Mayo found it last year by throwing an Alan Dillon sized curve ball at Tyrone, totally negating the sweeper system by playing around it.

“By playing Dillon directly on top of one of the two sweepers and giving him possession when he dropped deep for it at every possible opportunity, Mayo forced Tyrone to play on different terms. Mickey Harte uncharacteristically substituted one of his sweepers after only 25 minutes.”

The full column is in today’s edition, in shops now or online here.

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