Eugene McGee: Mayo power play leaves Blues dazed and confused
Published 03/09/2012 | 05:00
The first half of the Mayo-Dublin game was not really a match, more of a massacre. The reigning All-Ireland champions were simply outclassed in every aspect of the game and Mayo looked like a team of invincibles.
They dominated every key area of play and, above all, were far hungrier for victory. They 'horsed' into the Dublin players all over the field, a most unusual sight in front of over over 50,000 'home' followers.
The warning signs for Dublin came quick and fast with leading players from last year's triumph, such as Bryan Cullen, completely out of their depth. Only the efforts of a few players like Paul Flynn and Ger Brennan prevented Mayo from being 10 points ahead at half-time instead of six.