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Kerry were there for the taking, a realisation which should provide a timely jolt

Damian Stack


Mayo gut-check will prove beneficial to the Kingdom in the long term

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Gavin White of Kerry is tackled by Kevin McLoughlin of Mayo during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Kerry and Mayo at Croke Park Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Gavin White of Kerry is tackled by Kevin McLoughlin of Mayo during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Kerry and Mayo at Croke Park Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Gavin White of Kerry is tackled by Kevin McLoughlin of Mayo during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Kerry and Mayo at Croke Park Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Gavin White of Kerry is tackled by Kevin McLoughlin of Mayo during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Kerry and Mayo at Croke Park Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Gavin White of Kerry is tackled by Kevin McLoughlin of Mayo during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Kerry and Mayo at Croke Park Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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The gulls made their judgement, swooping down from the rafters, waiting to pick up whatever scraps might be going after another double header on Jones’ Road.

The stands emptying, the raucous din of only a few hours before reduced to the muffled sounds of the occasional horn and the very odd outbreak of polite applause. Certainly by the time David Gough called time, people, like the gulls over head, had long since their minds made up.


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