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Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-14

Published 22/09/2013 | 17:26

ANOTHER All-Ireland final heartbreak for Mayo as their earlier form deserted them in a tense and error-ridden conclusion to the season in Croke Park. Dublin were full value for their victory, without playing wonderfully, but they covered the basics more efficiently and essentially made less mistakes.

If there was an area that proved critical it was Dublin’s dominance of their own kick-outs, with Mayo continually outwitted and conceding vital possession. The other telling difference was Dublin’s greater firepower. Three of their attack were taken off, though Paul Mannion’s withdrawl was due to injury, and yet they still showed more teeth than Mayo up front.

The chief scorer was Bernard Brogan who finished with 2-3, all but one point from play, while Eoghan O’Gara came off the bench to clip two points. But for three dramatic saves from Robert Hennelly Mayo would have been in deeper trouble but they were pressing for an equaliser to the final whistle.

That whistle was the subject of some controversy as Cillian O’Connor appeared to consult referee Joe McQuillan as he lined up to take a free with the allocated minimum of four minutes additional time almost up. With Mayo two down the took the point. But McQuillan sounded the whistle after Stephen Cluxton’s kick-out dropped in the middle of the field.

This is their second All-Ireland win in three years, a strike rate not seen since the 1970s and caps a magnificent season.

It wasn’t the classic we’d hoped for as both teams looked nervous. O’Connor, who went through the game unscathed despite a recent shoulder injury, was lively from play in the early stages but he missed two frees before finding his range.

22 September 2013; A general view of Dublin supporters celebrating their sides victory on Hill 16 after the game during the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; A general view of Dublin supporters celebrating their sides victory on Hill 16 after the game during the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin's Bernard Brogan celebrates with his nephew, Jamie, son of Alan Brogan, after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin supporters Danielle Halton, left, Anthony Brennan and Amy Brennan, from Portmarnock, celebrate their sides victory. GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin supporters Anthony Brennan and Amy Brennan, from Portmarnock, celebrate their sides victory during the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Dublin player, Philly McMahon, (29), celebrates with Bernard Dunne, right, after victory in the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
Dublin supporters pictured during the All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
22 September 2013; Ger Brennan, left, and Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, celebrate with the Sam Maguire cup at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Dublin player Ger Brennan celebrates with the Sam Maguire Cup and Dublin supporters after victory over Mayo in the All Ireland Football Final Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
Dublin player Kevin McManamon celebrates with the Sam Maguire Cup after victory over Mayo in the All Ireland Football Final Croke Park. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent 22 September 2013
22/09/2013 Kevin Kelly & Una Kelly both from Kinnegad following the All ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin & Mayo in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
22/09/2013 Emma Garrett & Rachel Feeney both from Santry following the All ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin & Mayo in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
22 September 2013; Dublin supporter Ciara McComish, from Clontarf, cheers on her team during the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin's Paddy Andrews celebrates with Bernard Dunne, a member of the Dublin backroom staff and former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion, after the match. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin supporters, from Castleknock, Co. Dublin, left to right, Clodagh O'Mahony, Leah Hughes, and Fiona Waters ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin manager Jim Gavin celebrates with Philip McMahon after the match. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin and Mayo supporters watch the final minutes from Hill 16. GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Michael Darragh MacAuley after the match. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin's Philip McMahon, left, and Paul Flynn celebrate thier side's victory at the final whistle. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, celebrates with Jonny Cooper at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
22 Sept 2013 Bernard Brogan celebrates goal. All Ireland Senior Football Championship final, Mayo v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
22 Sept 2013 GV of fans on Hill16. All Ireland Senior Football Championship final, Mayo v Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
22 September 2013; Jonny Cooper, Dublin, celebrates at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Colin Brogan, Dublin, celebrates with his son Jamie after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Dublin supporters Keith McCarthy and Jason Weldy celebrate after Dublin won the GAA Senior Football All-Ireland Championship Final. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Paul Flynn, Dublin, celebrates after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Dubs stars celebrate after getting their hands on Sam Maguire. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Mayo’s best play was in the first half when they had most of the ball but led by only a point at the interval. Their eight kick outs to 14 from Dublin gives an accurate impression of the thrust of the attacking play. The problem was that they had a 50 per cent conversion rate and Cluxton’s kick-outs went short or middle distance and mostly into Dublin hands.

At the other end Dublin had their problems too. Mannion limped off after 15 minutes and free attempts from Connolly and Cluxton went wide from good positions. Another three point efforts dropped into Hennelly’s hands. The Mayo goalkeeper will be unhappy with the goal conceded to Brogan in the 16th minute, resulting from a route one approach, Brogan getting a touch while contesting with Hennelly and Ger Cafferkey.

That score brought Dublin level, 1-1 to 0-4, and came against the run of play. Eight minutes later Hennelly intervened with a fine save to thwart Ciaran Kilkenny. And soon after he had to leave his goal to block a goal attempt from Michael Dara Macauley.

Mayo took off Alan Freeman and sent in Michael Conroy but offered no real goal threat. Their response to the goal was impressive, however. Seamus O’Shea pointed from the next play, O’Connor nailed a free and Lee Keegan had his second from play, careering up from wing back. Andy Moran kicked his second and Mayo went 0-8 to 1-2 clear after 26 minutes.

They faded from there to the break, failing to add to their total. Cluxton landed a ‘45’ and on the brink of half-time O’Gara fisted over. Mayo had never been led, and they went in with a 0-8 to 1-4 advantage.

Dublin took over after the break and went in front for the first time in the 38th minute. Excellent scores from Paddy Andrews, Paul Flynn and Brogan saw them move three clear, before a goal from Andy Moran in the 49th minute raised Mayo’s hopes.

But Dublin hit back within three minutes, Brogan set up by sub Denis Bastick and palming to the net. O’Connor’s frees kept Mayo in the game but Moran’s goal was their sole score from play after half time. They were second best and this will be added to all those other chapters of disappointment back to their last win in 1951.

Scorers: Dublin – B Brogan 2-3 (0-1 f); S Cluxton (f, 45), E O’Gara 0-2; G Brennan, C O’Sullivan, D Connolly, P Andrews, P Flynn 0-1. Mayo – C O’Connor 0-8 (0-8 fs); A Moran 1-2; L Keegan 0-2; S O’Shea, K Higgins 0-1.

Dublin: S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O’Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, G Brennan, J McCaffrey; MD Macauley, C O’Sullivan; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, D Connolly; P Mannion, P Andrews, B Brogan.

Subs: E O’Gara for Mannion (inj 15 mins); D Daly for McCaffrey (half-time); D Rock for Kilkenny (42); K McManamon for Andrews (49); D Bastick for Cooper (inj 52).

 

Mayo: T Hennelly; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, C Barrett; L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; A O’Shea, S O’Shea; K McLoughlin, K Higgins, A Dillon; C O’Connor, A Freeman, A Moran.

Subs: M Conroy for Freeman (26 mins); C Carolan for Cunniffe (half-time); E Varley for Dillon (55); B Moran for S O’Shea (59); J Doherty for A Moran (68).

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan).

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