Tuesday 24 October 2017

'Sadness and regret fill me': Lee Keegan posts poignant message to Mayo fans after All-Ireland final heartbreak

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Lee Keegan couldn't have done much more to deliver Mayo the All-Ireland title that the county craves.

The attacking wing-back successfully subdued opposition attackers throughout the season while also contributing handsomely from play, and looked to have swung last Saturday's All-Ireland final replay in Mayo's favour with a brilliant first half goal.

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Unfortunately for Keegan, he picked up a controversial black card when trying to mop up a wayward kickout, and in his absence, Mayo were unable to resist the Dublin onslaught.

Goalkeeper Robbie Hennelly, who had a nightmare day at the office in the place of All Star nominee David Clarke, has since expressed his despair on social media and this afternoon, his team-mate joined him.

In a heartfelt Twitter post, the All Star shoe-in and Footballer of the Year nominee told Mayo fans that he is filled with 'sadness and regret' while thanking the supporters for sticking by the team.

"We lost but I have the honour and privilege of running into battle with legends that I will respect for life. Dublin GAA are a supreme outfit and deservedly All Ireland winners.

"The customary tweet or message is to say we will fight on and we will but it will be a tough couple of months soul searching. As ever supporters made year by always doing what you do best. Thanks for following and supporting us through everything."

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