Monday 19 February 2018

The Game at a Glance

Attendance: 52,495

Man of the Match

Cillian O'Connor (Mayo)

He missed an early goal chance but didn't allow it to disrupt his game. He scored a total of 1-8, 0-3 from open play.

His penalty kick was driven to the Kerry net with real conviction.

Turning Point

It came late but just when Mayo seemed set to complete one of their bast ever second-half displays with a fairly comfortable win, James O'Donoghue popped up for a goal in the 68th minute.

Talking Point

Why play the replay in Limerick next Saturday? An All-Ireland semi-final deserves a Croke Park setting and since the stadium is unavailable due to the American football game, the replay should have been put back to Saturday week.

Magic Moment

Kerry's match-saving goal was the essence of simplicity, backed up by superb execution as Kieran Donaghy fielded a probing delivery from David Moran and fed O'Donoghue, who finished expertly.

Ref Watch

David Coldrick was technically correct to send off Lee Keegan, even if the Mayo wing-back's boot didn't make contact with Johnny Buckley. Other decisions, were less clear-cut, especially some frees awarded against Kerry.

What they said

Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Kerry manager)

"We were lucky in the end. It was really a case of snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat. We showed great character late in the game to come back into it. But you'd question why we were in that position in the first place."

James Horan (Mayo manager)

"It was probably as good as any team (managed by Horan) has played. Fellas just stood up. It was exhilarating to watch. We had guys who just weren't going to lose."

Match statistics


Kerry 8 (4 first half)
Mayo 9 (6)


Kerry 23 (11)
Mayo 30 (15)

black cards

Kerry 0
Mayo 0

yellow cards

Kerry 2 (D O'Sullivan 37, P Crowley 58)
Mayo 0

What next?

They replay in the Limerick Gaelic Grounds next Saturday (5.0)

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