Mayo take on Kerry in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final…
Where: Croke Park, Ireland.
When: 15:30 GMT
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Mayo take on Kerry today in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final at Croke Park, in what is widely anticipated to be a close fought encounter, despite something of a one-sided record.
Mayo have suffered more than their fair share of pain at Croke Park over the years, but no team has hurt them more than Kerry. The Kingdom beat them by three points in the 1997 All-Ireland final, and ruthlessly routed them in the finals of 2004 and 2006.
Those three Kerry wins are part of 17 victories they have recorded over Mayo in 23 previous championship encounters, with four Mayo wins and two draws. Kerry’s dominance hasn’t just been in All-Ireland finals either; they defeated them comfortably in their most recent championship game, taking a 1-20 to 1-11 win in the 2011 All-Ireland semi-final, while they also beat them in the 2005 All-Ireland quarter-final.
However, over the last three seasons, Mayo have been more consistent and more successful than Kerry. By most objective reckonings, they are second only to Dublin at the moment, and that is significant going into Sunday’s semi-final.
Mayo are in their fourth successive semi-final and are bidding to reach a third successive All-Ireland final, something they have never achieved before. Defeat on Sunday could spell the end of the current cycle under James Horan, but victory will set them up for another shot at immortality and the ending of one of the greatest hard-luck stories in Irish sport.