Donegal and Mayo to prevail on Sunday, says London boss Paul Coggins
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Donegal and Mayo to prevail on Sunday, says London boss Paul Coggins

London manager Paul Coggins is backing favourites Donegal and Mayo to win their respective provincial finals today.

The Roscommon native is looking forward to the Connacht final, with Sligo bidding to stop Mayo lifting a fifth consecutive title.

Throw-in is at 4pm and although Coggins expects the Westerners to prevail yet again, he doesn’t think Sligo will make life easy for the holders.

“The Connacht final should be an exciting game,” he told The Irish Post. “I think Sligo will put in a big performance against Mayo, but they’re up against it.

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“It’s going to be an interesting game tactically. Will Sligo be as open as they were against Roscommon? I suppose we just have to wait and see what plan they’re going to come up with, but they may have to bring a different game-plan against Mayo.”

Throw-in for the Ulster final between Donegal and Monaghan is at 2pm in Clones and, again, Coggins is expecting a narrow victory for the holders.

He said: “The Ulster final, I think, will be a very tight affair. Both teams come into it in good form, but I’d have to expect Donegal and Mayo to come through their finals. Neither will be walkovers though.”