'This is beyond cruelty - this is sadism at its worst' - Midwest Radio's final commentary sums up Mayo's heartbreak
Win or lose, the local commentary of Sunday's All-Ireland final was always going to get some attention.
Michael D McAndrew and Martin Carney were on duty for Midwest Radio, and had Mayo finally collected the Sam Maguire after a 67-year wait, their ecstatic reaction would have been played for years to come.
Instead, following Mayo's narrow defeat to Dublin, the duo captured the sorrow that accompanied the team's latest near miss.
Carney, who previously coached Mayo at U21 level, was particularly distraught as Dublin maintained possession in the game's final moments.
"They are chasing shadows at the moment, trying to get the ball back. This is beyond cruelty - this sadism at its worst," Carney lamented.
"A team that has played in the way Mayo have played today and may end up on the losing side."
When the final whistle went, Carney then summed up what the majority of Mayo fans were feeling.
"I haven't seen as cruel a defeat in all my time watching football," Carney said.
"It is beyond belief that a team that gives so much are on the wrong side of that result. They have been an absolute credit to themselves, their families and their county. Watching them out there at the moment, they are beyond distraught. They did not deserve to lose that game."
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