Saturday 25 November 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Donegal stay composed except in post-match furore

Mayo were brave but the early goals left their weaknesses exposed, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

THE All-Ireland final ran fairly much to script. It wasn't a particularly good match because there was a certain inevitability about it when the second Donegal goal went in.

They rode out the storm with reasonable comfort for the last hour.

While Mayo fought with great heart and determination, the goal which they badly needed in the second half never really looked like coming apart from one chance near the end. Without that Mayo goal, the match lacked the sheer drama of last year's final, a fact that will not worry Donegal.

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