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Eight finals, 15 goals conceded – why Mayo must deliver a shutout to bring Sam Maguire home

Twelve of 15 goals conceded in their last eight All-Ireland finals scored during first half

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Donegal's Michael Murphy celebrates his early goal in the 2012 All-Ireland final with Mayo full-back Kevin Keane on the ground. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Donegal's Michael Murphy celebrates his early goal in the 2012 All-Ireland final with Mayo full-back Kevin Keane on the ground. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Donegal's Michael Murphy celebrates his early goal in the 2012 All-Ireland final with Mayo full-back Kevin Keane on the ground. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

As salvage acts go, there has arguably been none as swift as that produced by Mayo in the early minutes of last year’s All-Ireland football final. Within 13 seconds of the throw-in Dublin’s James McCarthy and Niall Scully had combined to put in Dean Rock to punch home the quickest ever goal in a final.

But within two-and-a-half minutes, the value of that score, at least on the scoreboard, had been wiped out with a quick barrage of points.


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