Thursday 16 August 2018

Joe Brolly: That was the most savage loss for Mayo

17 September 2017; Aidan O'Shea of Mayo dejected after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; Aidan O'Shea of Mayo dejected after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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Sunday Independent columnist Joe Brolly has said that Sunday's one-point loss to Dublin in the All-Ireland final was Mayo's most 'savage' defeat.

A late Dean Rock free clinched Dublin their third consecutive All-Ireland title as Jim Gavin's side prevailed over Mayo for the second consecutive year.

"That was the most savage loss today because Mayo did everything that possibly could have been done," said Brolly on RTE's The Sunday Game.

"The atmosphere after Chris Barrett's two wonderful interceptions, then when Cillian O'Connor had the chance to win it with the free from the left side, I thought he was going to take it.

"And yet, in the end, what it comes down to is that we must accept that Dublin are one of the greatest teams to play the game."

Fellow RTE pundit Pat Spillane said that Mayo can take some solace from the manner of their defeat and that Stephen Rochford's side 'died with their boots on'.

"It's 11 All-Ireland's now they've lost. I think this is going to be the hardest pill to take," said Spillane.

"This was a game there for the taking. They died with their boots on. They gave it their all but the better team on the day won. Sport is cruel."

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