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Tyrone and Dublin are gearing up to clash in the Sam Maguire Cup final in Croke Park on 2nd September.

This is the first time both teams have met at a final since 1995 – 23 years ago! The much-anticipated final for the Sam Maguire Cup will be broadcast by RTE and Sky Sports. Galway and Kerry will meet in the minor final on the same day at 1pm.

This is Dublin’s fourth All-Ireland final in a row. While some people have grown tired of seeing the Dubs effortlessly win (like me), other people are excited to see if they continue their reign.

Will Dublin remain victorious?

Tyrone surprisingly won against fellow Ulster rivals Monaghan 1-13 to 0-15 in the semi-finals. This is especially surprising after Tyrone losted to Monaghan at the start of the summer. It was Niall Sludden’s goal that sealed Tyrone’s faith and made the dream of getting into the finals a reality.

Another huge shock this football season was last year’s runner-up Mayo getting knocked out so early. It was a dramatic defeat against Kildare at St Conleth’s park in late June. The match saw Kildare winning 0-19 to 0-21.

Mayo faced a surprising early defeat against Kildare.

Dublin clashed with Galway in their semi-final winning 1-24 to 2-12. However, Dublin don’t seem as powerful as they were back in 2014. This can easily be put to Tyrone’s advantage if they tackle their weakened forwards.

Dublin has remained unbeatable since 2014, we will have to wait and see if Tyrone has got what it takes to kick Dublin off of the top.

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By Aoife Crilly