Monday 18 December 2017

WATCH: 'If Mayo couldn't win it today, they will never win it.': Fans react to All-Ireland Final draw

Cian Murray

Mayo and Dublin fans came from near and far to witness their teams play out one of the tensest All-Ireland finals in recent memory today.

A Dublin fan, who travelled all the way from the US for the match, doesn't think she could put herself through that drama again.

She said: "I live in Cincinnati, Ohio in America. I flew back for the match when I got the tickets from my club in the [United] States. [It was] disheartening, if anything."

When asked if she will be returning for the replay, she said: "We will find out, but I would say not."

Plenty of other Dublin fans shared her disappointment, but most of them think Jim Gavin's side will be much improved in the replay.

"I wasn't too happy with that. It wasn't great football. Dublin didn't turn up there, but if Mayo couldn't win it today, they'll never win it. We will take them in the replay. We couldn't turn up that bad in the next match," said another fan from the capital.

"The ref robbed Dublin. Three or four Mayo men should have been sent off," said another.

Unsurprisingly, Mayo fans had a different view of what they had just witnessed. 

"We will win the replay. We scored 2-15 [today] and still didn't win," said one Mayo woman referring to two first-half own goals.

"We will without a doubt take them in the replay. There is still a lot more in that Mayo team," said another.

Another man insisted that the Green and Red are due an All-Ireland.

"I've been coming here since 1989 and I think I am due a win before I die. I am 93 now and I'll be back," he said.

And so will both teams. The search for tickets starts now.

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