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Mayo damage Donegal's rigid machine beyond repair in massacre

Published 05/08/2013 | 05:00

Cillian O'Connor, Mayo, right, scores his side's fourth goal past Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan
Cillian O'Connor, Mayo, right, scores his side's fourth goal past Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan

The Mayo-Donegal game wasn't a match, it was a massacre. Not since the heady days of Kerry in the '70s when they steamrolled opponents at will have I seen such a clinical destruction of one major county team by another and especially as the victims were holders of the Sam Maguire Cup.

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This was a total wipeout for Donegal players and management as they never got a look-in in terms of a contest.

They were slow and ponderous, lacked the killer streak when going for the ball and simply got mesmerised by the fluid movement of the Mayo players as they exchanged the ball at close range with devastating effect.

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