SATURDAY 10 AUGUST

All-Ireland SFC semi-final
Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, 5pm

ONLINE
Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 4.30pm.

RADIO
Saturday Sport, RTÉ Radio 1 will have live commentary from Marty Morrissey and Bernard Flynn and analysis from Pat Spillane and Éamonn O'Hara. Semi-final also live on Spórt an tSathairn, Raidió na Gaeltachta.

TV
Daragh Maloney and Kevin McStay will be in the commentary box on The Saturday Game Live, RTÉ 2 from 4.15pm. Analysis comes from Colm O'Rourke, Joe Brolly and Tomás Ó Se. Game also live on Sky Sports Arena from 4pm and on GAAGO.ie

Highlights of all the weekend's action on The Sunday Game, RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 9.30pm, with analysis from Ciarán Whelan and Seán Cavanagh.

WEATHER
Saturday, will bring a mix of bright or sunny spells and showers. Once again, many of the showers will be heavy, merging to give longer spells of rain in places, with a risk of thundery downpours and flash flooding. Maximum temperatures 17 to 21 Celsius, with light to moderate winds. For more go to met.ie

Composure key as Mayo look look to lay Dubs hoodoo

Mayo are appearing in their eight semi-final this decade 

We have watched them do it before, that is push the greatest Gaelic football team we are told all the way in All-Ireland football semi-finals and finals.

The question is can Mayo do it again against Dublin and will that effort be enough to bring about a first championship win for the Green and Red against the Sky Blues since 2012? 

It will be tough ask for James Horan's men to break that sequence of heartache and missed chances. In the 2017 All-Ireland decider, Mayo produced their best performance against Dublin since '12 and it just wasn't good enough.

Okay, people will talk about Donal Vaughan's red card, but it's too cut and dry to say that Mayo would have won with 15.

Donal Vaughan sees red in 2017

They matched Dublin all the way, but at crucial times in the second period, they went too individual and chances were spurned. Ultimately, that was the difference.

Two years on and the lie of the land is that Mayo, albeit with new faces in their ranks, are still relying on the tried and trusted to get them over the line. Since the beginning of the rivalry, the names of Dublin's key men have changed, with Jack McCaffrey, Brian Fenton, Brian Howard and Ciarán Kilkenny now the mainstays in a team where Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan and the promising Sean Bugler are eyeing a spot in the matchday squad.

The question is are Mayo a better team now than they were in 2017? Probably not. Are Dublin better? They probably are.  

Those trumpeting Mayo's chances will point to the fact that they have momentum. This will be their seventh game in eight weeks and the resolve they showed in dominating Donegal last weekend should stand to them.

This Green and Red side, under both James Horan and Stephen Rochford, certainly reserved a lot of their best performances for Croke Park. They are going to have to hit the ground running on the Jones' Road sod again. Quite simply, they can't let the Dubs off to a flyer or it's game over early doors.

Dublin's scoring return is often in excess of 20 points, so Mayo will need to up their return on the scoreboard, while also being patient in their shot selection. It was noticeable last Saturday that James Horan was quite vocal from the sideline in calling for his players to be more composed when in Donegal territory. In truth Mayo should have won the game by 10 points.

Diarmuid Connolly in action against Tyrone last weekend

The last time Dublin were given a stern examination in a championship match was in that 2017 final. That's a long time not to be involved in a match of high intensity and as good as the Dubs are, going in undercooked can be a problem.

Yet, there are others who would say that Dublin's main players, who did not feature against Tyrone, will be like coiled springs when they run out onto the Croke Park in front of a nearly full house at Croker on Saturday. 

Cork, for periods in their Super 8s clash with the Dubs, did make hay when they employed a quick kick passing game into their forward line. Mayo have the personnel to do something similar and in Andy Moran have a player that can get scores at the end of such possession.

It goes without saying that the matchups are going to be important. Lee Keegan- Diarmuid Connolly has provided a great sideshow in previous encounters. Keegan, perhaps keeping tabs on Ciarán Kilkenny and a Jack McCaffrey-Paddy Durkan duel are sure to thicken the plot if they come to pass.

Jim Gavin's Dublin are seeking a prominent place in the GAA history books

Of course, amid all the talk about who will make the Dublin squad, there's been little mention of the 'Drive for 5'. Is it just a number for Jim Gavin and co? In their period of dominance they know how to win tight games and are equally adept at putting teams to the sword.

As Colm Cooper once said to Joe Brolly and was quoted by the latter on The Sunday Game: "The problem that you have when you are playing against the Dubs is that they completely ignore you; they just get on with what they are doing".

Did you know?

Dublin and Mayo have met 51 times in league and championship. Wins stand 30-13 in the Dubs favour, with eight draws.

Dublin v Mayo - nasty edge from 2015 

Tomás Ó Sé's verdict 

"Will their (Mayo's) defence cope with this Dublin forward line who are averaging 28 points a game?

"I am one of the many who have said that the Dubs have improved, but what are we basing it on? They beat Meath, Cork and Roscommon, but they haven't been tested to the limit.

"The Tyrone match was simply a dummy run.

"This, however, is why this Dublin team are great in my eyes. They are capable of matching intensity and topping it when the need is greatest. They have been waiting for this and the five-in-a-row continues to be dangled.

"Mayo will be ravenous and the whole country would love to see Dublin being beaten. If that doesn't pump the Dubs up, nothing well.

"I can see them raising the bar again this weekend. There is enough weakness in Mayo’s kickouts and I’m not sure the forward unit has enough to beat a motivated Dublin defence.

People tell me the Dubs aren’t playing well, but they will have the answers." 

Team news

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton, David Byrne, Cian O'Sullivan, Michael Fitzsimons, Jack McCaffrey, James McCarthy, John Small, Brian Fenton, Michael Darragh MacAuley, Niall Scully, Con O'Callaghan, Brian Howard, Paul Mannion, Dean Rock, Ciarán Kilkenny.

Mayo: Robert Hennelly, Chris Barrett, Brendan Harrison, Stephen Coen, Lee Keegan,  Colm Boyle, Patrick Durcan, Aidan O'Shea, Seamus O'Shea, Fionn McDonagh, Kevin McLoughlin, Fergal Boland, Cillian O'Connor, Darren Coen, James Carr.

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