Kevin Walsh: ‘Only Mayo can stop Dubs’

Galway manager Kevin Walsh believes Mayo are the only team that will challenge Dublin this year and Stephen Rochford’s side have their eyes on All-Ireland honours.

Speaking at the launch of the Connacht SFC at the province’s GAA centre, Walsh insisted this year’s Mayo team are as dangerous as any to have come out of the county in recent years.

Galway take on Mayo in the provincial semi-final should Mayo come out of London with a win, in a repeat of last year’s last four clash between the side.

“Anything can happen but, at the minute, I would say Mayo are probably the only team that can take out Dublin at the minute. That’s where they would be, on the back of last year’s performances. Albeit their league was slow starting off this year but when they needed to win, they won. Castlebar were out at the time and management weren’t long in, so I’m sure they’ll have their eyes firmly fixed on All-Ireland titles.

“I think they’re as dangerous as they’ve been yeah. I don’t think they’ve gone back in any way. They’ve been up there, they’re experienced and they have put the Dubs toe to toe.

“So I would say they certainly feel themselves that they’re the best placed to take out the Dubs.

“If you go on last year’s form and probably the players they have to come back and stuff like that, they probably are to be honest,” said Walsh.

Meanwhile, Walsh said he fears the skill of using the ball correctly after a high catch is completed may be lost with the introduction of the mark.

The double All Ireland winner was seen as one of the finest exponents of the high catch in the game, but fears the new ruling might not benefit Gaelic football.

“I’d like to see it in action for a sustained period before I do anything with it. Do I think it will work? I don’t. I wouldn’t be for throwing it in at all.

“I said this before, there’s also a skill in winning a high ball and learning how to deal with it when you come down. I think that’s something that wasn’t overly thought over the years.” said Walsh.

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