Tuesday 12 December 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match: Andy Moran (Mayo): He made a huge contribution, especially in the second half, tormenting Michael Shields and, by extension, spreading panic throughout the entire Cork defence.

Turning point

None. Mayo ground out a famous victory from the sheer force of an indomitable spirit after trailing by six points in the 15th minute.

Talking point

Mayo's 1-12 to 1-2 dominance from the quarter-hour mark. Were Cork infected by over-confidence when they led by six points early on and seemed to be heading towards an easy win?

Ref watch

A good performance by Rory Hickey, who managed a sensible balance between keeping the game flowing and maintaining good order.

What they said

James Horan (Mayo manager):

"We were a little bit shell-shocked in general for the first 15 minutes. Cork were on top, we'd conceded a soft goal, and it took us a while to really play like we could, but, when we sorted that out, I think we dominated the majority of the rest of the game."

Conor Counihan (Cork manager):

"You don't turn players on and off. I think we came up against a different type of fight today in terms of Mayo and we just weren't at the races, but if a group of people give you a significant effort over a long period of time, the day they're down is not the day for kicking them."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 8 (2); Mayo 10 (4)

Frees: Cork 19 (5); Mayo 22 (13)

Yellow cards: Cork 4 (N O'Leary 8, A O'Connor 32, M Shields 64, P O'Neill 73); Mayo 4 (G Cafferkey 6, A O'Shea 20, D Vaughan 23, A Freeman 29).

Red cards: Cork 1 (J Miskella 70); Mayo 0.

Attendance: 22,732

What next?

Mayo play Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 21. Cork are finished for the season.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport