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Vox Pop – Who will win the All-Ireland final?

Emmett Bradley (Derry)

What are the key match ups gonna be?

Tommy Conroy v Padraig Hampsey. Tommy Conroy carried the scoring responsibility during their comeback against Dublin and looks in great form.

Matthew Ruane v Conor Meyler. Ruane has had a great year and if they can stifle him it will have a big bearing.

Mattie Donnelly v Lee Keegan – Two players with a big influence and the winner could shift the game in their favour.

What are Tyrone’s strengths?

Tyrone Strength – Defensive intensity, pressure in the tackle and defensive unity.

What are Mayo’s strengths?

Mayo Strengths – Resilience, bounce-back ability.

What sort of game are you expecting?

It will definitely be nip and tuck. I think the influence of the Tyrone bench might just get them over the line.

Who wins?

It’s really hard to call, very much 5050. Both teams are coming in with great form, obviously after upsetting the odds. Prediction – Tyrone by one after extra time.

Daire O Baoill (Donegal)

What are the key match ups gonna be?

Key match ups in my head would probably be Diarmuid O Connor v McGeary, Paddy Durcan v Meyler and Keegan v Donnelly.

What are Mayo’s strengths?

Mayo strengths are that they are capable of playing any kind of system while being flexible with their own.

What are Tyrone’s strengths?

Tyrone strengths are their scoring forwards and pace they can bring when breaking lines.

What sort of game do you expect it to be?

Think it’ll be a cagey game before opening up in second half.

Who wins?

Mayo to take it.

Shane McCabe (Fermanagh)

What are the key match ups gonna be?

There are going to be titanic match ups all over the pitch. Will (Lee) Keegan take (Conor) McKenna? God only knows but McKenna has power pace and can finish as we seen the in the semi-final, Keegan has it all! Is (Cathal) McShane going to start? Will (Padraig) O’Hora deal with him? Mattie Donnelly versus (Oisín) Mullin, if Mattie gets hands on the ball he is very hard to dispossess and can shoot off either foot.

This will be a big one for me as Mullin back from injury might not just be up to speed for Donnelly. (Michael) McKernan verus (Ryan) O’Donoghue, the wee corner forward was absolutely pivotal to the Mayo win against the Dubs. He is a great ball player and makes them tick.

Conor Meyler – will he take (Paddy) Durkan? Durkan is an inspirational player for Mayo and if he has a quiet day it will go a long way to Tyrone lifting Sam. Jeepers, I haven’t even mentioned (Darren) McCurry, or (Aidan) O’Shea veruss (Ronan) McNamee. This has all the ingredients to be another mouth-watering, intriguing and entertaining battle, and so much so there is probably not one match up above I have got right! Lord above (Kieran) McGeary – probably player of the year and I haven’t even got to him yet, if Mayo don’t get to him its curtains!!

What are the two teams’ strengths?

Both teams are evenly matched up with some fantastic man markers and power and pace up front. Both have an inner belief that although others doubt us we don’t give a f££k and will prove them all wrong.

Both back each other’s abilities however I think the power off the bench for Tyrone might just nudge them over the line.

These teams have players who are sacrificial to the task, Keegan, McMamee, Meyler, O’Hora don’t give one damn if they touch leather as long as they do their job and win the game.

Mobility shouldn’t be an issue for either team and fitness hasn’t proved problematic either.

There are so many players that I enjoy watching but I think this game could come down to some of the unsung heroes coming to the fore with big scores, the main forwards will be marked tight by top class man markers, can Harte, Sludden chip in with two or three scores each as opposed to one or two.

Can Coen, Loftus and Ruane account for five or six scores for Mayo?

What sort of game do you expect it to be?

I would like to say, but I have no idea. I do know that it will be frantic full of energy with some intriguing 1v1 battles. I cannot see either team set-up ultra-defensively so it has all the hall marks of an end-to-end game and I hope that there are no water breaks as I can envisage people wanting the game to keep going at the frantic pace I believe it will be played at.

Who wins?

I would like to see Mayo win it for the entertainment they have provided over the years and the fact I will be watching it beside my Mayo brother-in-law! However, who can not but admire Tyrone, even though I have been a jealous neighbour for 20 years I would welcome the site of Hampsey lifting the Sam Maguire aloft and Sally’s of Omagh being packed for a week.

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