Monday 18 December 2017

Billy Keane: Mayo may well be left waiting at heaven's gate for immortality

Novenas being offered nationwide but only toll of Kerry effort can stop this Dublin side

Stephen Cluxton is the first of six Dubs selected on Martin Breheny's All Star list
Stephen Cluxton is the first of six Dubs selected on Martin Breheny's All Star list

We are on the eve of glory or destruction. Dublin and Mayo will do battle for eternal glory before 82,000 lucky ticket-holders, and millions more will watch on television. It is the day of the year.

A day that makes or breaks. A day that will live forever if you win. A day that for the losers will be consigned to unscheduled late-night wake-ups, circuits of draughty hallways with hands in dressing-gown pockets searching for the medal that isn't there like an amputee feeling for a phantom limb.

If only I passed that ball or if only that crossbar was a centimetre higher. Regrets stay and flare like thoughts of a lost love.

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