Joe Brolly: "Dublin collapsed when Mayo went at them"
It was one of the most frantic finishes ever seen at Croke Park and The Sunday Game panel was suitably animated in the studio in the aftermath of Dublin’s 2-12 to 1-15 draw with Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Pat Spillane was first up, and he was glowing in his praise of the game’s dramatic closure, and of Mayo’s comeback in particular.
“Absolutely brilliant,” he said on RTÉ.
“You have to admire the character, the fitness levels and the physicality.
“You have to sit back and admire the character of this bunch of players [the Mayo team].”
Michael Lyster questioned whether Dublin sometimes wilt when put under pressure and Joe Brolly was predictably blunt in agreement.
“When Mayo started to drive at Dublin in the second half, they basically collapsed,” the Derry pundit said.
Dublin scored two goals at key stages of the match and Brolly also spoke about Mayo’s tendency to concede sloppy goals on the biggest stage.
“They are as regular as clockwork – two bad goals on big days in Croke Park,” he said.