Tuesday 6 December 2016

Delighted Dublin do it again

Published 02/10/2016 | 02:30

Flying high: Philly McMahon of Dublin celebrates victory over Mayo Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Flying high: Philly McMahon of Dublin celebrates victory over Mayo Photo: Kyran O'Brien

In a pulsating battle - swamped in a tempest of tension and downright hostility - Dublin emerged victorious in a fiercely fought All-Ireland final replay.

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It's back-to-back titles for the capital for the first time since 1977. For Mayo, beaten by a solitary point, Croagh Patrick is still a heartbreak hill.

Replays rarely live up to their hype, but this one had a greater fury than the first match two weeks ago.

The 1-15 to 1-14 scoreline doesn't tell the story of this pulsating drama.

Dublin dropped their talismanic forward Bernard Brogan and Mayo dropped their goalkeeper David Clarke and replaced him with Rob Hennelly.

Brogan ultimately came on and played a key role, while Rob Hennelly had the cruellest of days.

Sunday Independent

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