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Dublin aim to win fifth consecutive league title and get closer to Mayo's 80-year-old record

Jim Gavin hasn’t lost a league since he took over as Dublin manager.

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DUBLIN ARE AIMING to win their fifth consecutive Division One title today, something that hasn’t been done since Mayo back in the 1930s.

Mayo’s had a run of six back-to-back league wins, from 1934-1939. Dublin have won every year since 2013, beating Tyrone, Derry, Cork and Kerry in the finals.

As Dublin try to get one step closer to that Mayo team’s record, we looked back at their success in the finals over the past few years.

Despite having a couple of scares in this year’s league, Dublin topped the table and defender Philly McMahon reckons that it’s Dublin’s “character” that allows them to power on.

“Each game we’re learning. Whether it’s a draw or a win, we’re learning from them”, he said.

Philly McMahon Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Dublin met Kerry in last year’s final too, beating them by 2-18 to 0-13. Although, there was nothing between the sides when they met in Austin Stack Park in Killarney a few weeks ago, scoring 0-13 apiece.

Playing the Dubs in Croke Park will be a different story, however, and one of the main things Kerry will need to do is not concede free kicks within scoring distance.

Dublin’s marksman Dean Rock scored nine of Dublin’s 13 points in that game from frees, and he doesn’t often miss if he’s given the chance.

Dean Rock Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The Dublin team will be well aware of what’s ahead of them on Sunday too. An impressive seven players have featured in every final over the last four years, and they’re all still involved this time around too.

And then there’s Jim Gavin’s impressive finals record to overcome too. He has been at the helm for 12 finals since he took over in 2012, and they’ve won 11, drawing the other.

Recent history definitely favours the Dubs this weekend, although if Kerry can get by without giving Rock free shots at goal, they could potentially keep their scoring low enough to end their streak.

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