Saturday 24 March 2018

'Mayo should be seething with disappointment.. they should have won' - Joe Brolly

Joe Brolly has challenged Mayo to beat Dublin on October 1
Joe Brolly has challenged Mayo to beat Dublin on October 1 Newsdesk Newsdesk

Joe Brolly has urged Mayo to take their chance in the All-Ireland final replay on October 1 and end bridge the gap to the team of 1951.

Dublin's 39-year wait for back-to-back titles and Mayo 65-year wait for All-Ireland glory will go on for another fortnight after they played out an absorbing draw today at Croke Park.

Dublin led by five points after a bizarre opening half which saw Mayo concede, not one, but own goals through the unfortunate duo of Kevin McLoughlin and Colm Boyle.

James McCarthy was given a black card in controversial circumstances by referee Colm Lane after hitting Cillian O'Connor but it actually benefited Dublin as his replacement Paddy Andrew kicked two fine points at the break to leave the score at 2-4 to 0-5. Dublin's first score from play came after 33 minutes.

Mayo won the second half 0-10 to 0-5 but needed an amazing last-gasp equaliser from O'Connor to make it 2-9 to 0-15 6 to force a replay on October 1 at 5pm.

Brolly was heavily critical of Mayo in his column in the Sunday Independent today and the fact that they haven't performed in All-Ireland final appearances in the past, but was singing a different tune after today's draw

"They should go out there and do this job because it's about time and then we'll all be able to relax and get on with out lives once Mayo win an All-Ireland," he told the Sunday Game on RTE.

"Please God they win an All-Ireland . Go out and do it now.

"Beat them in the replay. Beat them in the replay. I know Mayo people will be feeling very proud this evening and anyone watching them was thrilled with their endeavour from start to finish. Push on now.

"Mayo should be seething with disappointment. That was our game. We can impose our will on them.

"This is not a time for back patting. They should have won it."

His fellow panellist Pat Spillane said: "This was a day when the Dubs should have been taken out."

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