Thursday 8 December 2016

'Aidan O'Shea ploughed through the middle of the Dublin player' - Commentator gives his version of what happened in All Ireland tunnel row

Published 19/09/2016 | 07:42

Aidan O'Shea of Mayo runs out onto the pitch ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Aidan O'Shea of Mayo runs out onto the pitch ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

There was some confusion at the weekend when Dublin and Mayo players appeared to take to the Croke Park field together ahead of their drawn All-Ireland final and it turns out that it wasn't an accident.

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There was nearly a repeat of the infamous 'Mill at the Hill' from the 2006 meetings of the team as both panels rushed towards the bench for the pre-match photograph.

It has emerged that Dublin were due to take to the pitch before Mayo but because they were ,ate, both sides clashed on the way to get their photos taken.

John Casey of Midwest Radio claimed that Aidan O'Shea and Kevin McManamon were 'swinging at each other' as they crossed the field from the Hogan to the Cusack side.

Mayo came from three points down late on to force a replay on October 1 in a very physical encounter. It won't be any different in two weeks time.

"I am not going to lie. I was scared down there," said Casey on Midlands radio.

"There were fellas going hammer and tongs at each other.

"Aidan O'Shea ploughed through the middle of the Dublin players. Cillian O'Connor up-scuttled and hit a few fellas."

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