It was a case of so near and yet so far once again for Mayo in the All-Ireland final.
Just a point separated them and Dublin at the final whistle.
In fairness to Dublin, they deserved to win. Over the 70 plus minutes they were the better team and unlike in the drawn game, they were really up for this match.
Their subs made a big difference too. Cormac Costelloe came off the bench and scored three points and Bernard Brogan was introduced too and scored a point. These were all important scores and made the difference in the end.
The sending off of Lee Keegan was a body-blow to Mayo. He was containing Diarmuid Connolly and also got forward and scored a good goal.
I think it was a harsh call too by Maurice Deegan to show him a black card.
Seamus O’Shea really upped his game from the drawn game. Tom Parsons was not as good as he was in the drawn game but he still put in a good solid shift. Aidan O’Shea too had a much better game than the first day but he still does not score enough.
Fair play to Mayo they put in a right good battling performance and while there was only a point in it at the end, except for when they scored the goal, Mayo never really looked like winning it.
Cillian O’Connor had a chance to equalise it at the death and force extra time. But he was wide on the near side. It was from an awkward enough angle and a good distance out but he should have gone for the far post. You always go for the far post from that angle.
At home in Donegal I’m just after watching one of the best performances I have seen from a club team here for a long time.
Kilcar were awesome against Naomh Conaill and their pace and running off the ball was simply as good as you are likely to see at any level. They are very well coached.
Naomh Conaill were simply not able to match them for pace. Kilcar had many outstanding performances, but the one man that stood head and shoulder above all the rest was Ryan McHugh. He was simply outstanding.
Glenswilly came through the other semi-final after a tight battle with Malin. They are going to have to improve big time if they are going to be in with a chance in the final against Kilcar.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.