It was another chapter added to one of GAA’s greatest rivalries as Mayo saw off Dublin in a great performance in Croke Park.
It was one of those games where anything could happen and many people were drawn in the middle when trying to pick a winner for this encounter.
Many had thought the dubs would pull out the win in their own backyard but the green and red dominated Dessie Farrell’s side with a five-point win.
It was a strong start for Mayo with their first score coming in just twenty-two seconds, the dubs took their time to answer scoring their first score in the seventh minute.
The likes of Oisin Mullin, Paul Towey, Diarmuid O’Connor, Matthew Ruane, and Aidan Orme were some of the stars of the show displaying great performances to put up the battle with the struggling Dublin side.
Going into the match it was very hard to tell how the Dublin side would perform, Would they come out eager for revenge? , Would they come out and fight? .
It was only during extra time you could tell they were simply getting desperate and trying to pull out all the stops.
It was a day for our younger stars as we got to see excellent performances by Knockmore native Aidan Orme and fresh off All Ireland glory with Kilmeena Jack Carney with the pair producing two brilliant goals to have no doubt put James Horan on notice.
The returning Kevin McLoughlin, Matthew Ruane, and Oisin Mullin made sure to make their impact, with Matthew and Oisin scoring three points between them.
Rob Hennelly produce yet again another great performance with some great saves, two points added to the scoreboard, and a well-deserved man of the match award for his great efforts.
Many Mayo fans were a bit confused with the team that James put out but yet again we as fans are so proud after all the heartbreak we have suffered against them.
It was so important for Mayo to go in with the mentality “We have beat them before” and it was Mayo who deserved to come out on the winning side.
I suppose now for Dessie Farrell you ask yourself “What do I do now?”
From a Dublin perspective, they just didn’t fight for the win as they would have in the past years.
For the second half, you kept wondering when will they switch their light back on?, the big question yet to be answered in the GAA today is “What has happened to Dublin ?”.
They converted to their usual tactic play dirty and see what happens cough cough Johnny Cooper.
As we look ahead to next week’s game against Armagh in Dr. Hyde Park, it’s so important for our lads to keep up their momentum.
We all saw the fight Armagh put up against the likes of Tyrone and it’s safe to say we never would have thought they would be as good as they are this year.
Like we always do our lads will give it their all and put it all out their next Sunday.
Congratulations to Mayo on a brilliant win.
It was no doubt the green and red dominated in Croker and another chapter added to a brilliant rivalry.
Maigh Eo Abu!