Sport Gaelic Football

Wednesday 18 October 2017

How the final unfolded - part 2

David Kelly

David Kelly

37 mins

Dublin start this half as Mayo started the first. Cian O'Sullivan shows real persistence to push forward and bring Dublin level as Mayo restart with Higgins now deployed at full-back.

Dublin 1-5 Mayo 0-8

39 mins

Hennelly pulls off his third brilliant save of the game when a long ball in from Kilkenny evades the Mayo full-back line; O'Gara pulls the trigger but Hennelly performs heroically once more with an outstretched left hand to concede just the point.

Dublin 1-6 Mayo 0-8

46 mins

Paddy Andrews gets on the scoresheet before tremendous work from O'Gara and Dean Rock, emphasising the strength of the Dublin bench, sets up Paul Flynn for a brilliant point; he immediately follows up with another as Rock begins to roll.

Dublin 1-8 Mayo 0-9

48 mins

Mayo continue to take the wrong options in front of goal. After another attack breaks down, Rock sets up Brogan for another Dublin score as they begin to assert their dominance.

Dublin 1-9 Mayo 0-9

50 mins

Mayo need a goal. They get it. Cluxton is caught in no-man's land as a long ball in to Michael Conroy is shifted on to Moran and he makes no mistake after rounding the Dublin keeper to roll the ball into the net. Moran, ironically, was about to subbed.

Dublin 1-9

Mayo 1-9

54 mins

The match swings Dublin's way again with a sucker punch. Dublin have just made their fifth sub and Denis Bastick bursts through the Mayo rearguard; he handpasses unselfishly into the danger area and Brogan expertly palms to the net. A thunderous blow.

Dublin 2-9 Mayo 1-9

64 mins

Dublin are effectively playing with 13 men but Mayo can't close the deal. Despite Rory O'Carroll being concussed and O'Gara pulling his hamstring, Brennan kicks a point with his standing foot – his right – to put Dublin three ahead.

Dublin 2-11 Mayo 1-11

68 mins

Déjà vu. Cluxton – from the other side of the field but at the same angle from where he kicked his epochal winning point in 2011, nails a free to put three points back between the sides with 90 seconds remaining.

Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-12

73 mins

O'Connor takes an age to point two frees in succession, with each one hoping forlornly that a goal chance may come. It never arrives, summing up Mayo's desperate September final-day quest, and O'Connor ends the game berating the referee, clearly feeling that he had been informed there was more injury time to be played.

Full-time

Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-14

DAVID KELLY

Irish Independent

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