Former All-Ireland winning Dublin captain Denise Masterson believes Galway will have a point to prove at Croke Park on Sunday – but she doesn't see the Dubs being beaten.
Masterson is backing the Girls in Blue to come out on top in this weekend’s All-Ireland final against an inexperienced Galway side that are back on the biggest stage for the first time since 2005.
"They are the red hot favourites going into this game and some people thought that the semi-final between Dublin and Cork was in effect the All-Ireland final this year so I would say Galway are rubbing their hands," she said, speaking on the latest episode of the RTÉ GAA Podcast.
"Galway beat Dublin in the league last year, but I think the problem that Galway have is against the bigger teams on the bigger stage. They had a great win over Mayo in the semi-final, but I just don’t know if Mayo posed that kind of psychological barrier to Galway because they are so used to beating them – they’ve beaten them regularly in Connacht.
"Dublin will pose a different threat for them. Not that I think Galway fear Dublin, but they haven’t put in those big performances on the big days against the big teams.
"It will be a test for them and they’ll want to put that to bed, no more than Dublin when we were being beaten by Cork in all those finals. Galway will feel that they have a point to prove in terms of seeing out those big games on the big stage."
Galway's last All-Ireland win came in 2004 and since then the Brendan Martin Cup has been shared out between Cork and Dublin. The Dubs are currently going for a three in a row having beaten the Rebels in their semi-final.
"Dublin’s first All-Ireland was only in 2010 so it’s a great credit to this team that they’re going for three in a row in 2019," said Masterson.
"We have suffered huge defeats to Cork and when I say huge defeats I mean one-point defeats but huge psychological blows when we were ten points up in finals and they came back to win.
"Going back to the 2004 final, the last time Galway won, Lyndsey Davey, Sinéad Aherne and Siobhán McGrath were all part of that Dublin team 15 years ago so there is a lot of experience in this Dublin team and they are a little more hardened.
"I think their performance the last day against Cork showed that it was all coming together and you’d be a little fearful for Galway."
Dublin-Galway throws in at 4pm on Sunday with the All-Ireland intermediate final between Meath and Tipperary at 1.45pm and the Louth-Fermanagh junior decider underway at 11.45am.