Dublin knew what to do to win fi­nal

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the match (six and half min­utes). Dublin knew what to do, that is, keep the ball and they had 34 pos­ses­sions to Mayo’s zero in this time.

Dublin wouldn’t have coughed up that ball that Coen did and that is why they are now cham­pi­ons again. I did feel that Mayo had im­proved well in the re­ten­tion stakes from their win over Kerry but this Coen ex­am­ple shows the fine line in win­ning and los­ing. This is not the rea­son Mayo lost as it’s all the small things that Dublin did bet­ter.

Back to the kick-outs where Mayo won the bat­tle v Clux­ton in the first half hands down and did what was needed pushing up forc­ing him long.

Un­for­tu­nately, in the 2nd half Clux­ton had a 100% record that won an­other small bat­tle with Mayo not pushing up as hard as the 1st half.

Now to the GPS and the ridi­cul­ing of Lee Kee­gan by some for­mer Dublin foot­ballers, with no men­tion of Costello’s an­tics with the cones and more im­por­tantly what most peo­ple wouldn’t have seen on TV the ex­tent of the wrestling by all mem­bers of the Dublin full for­ward line on the Mayo backs for the last kick out which was ap­palling, and they give out about Kee­gan, it’s noth­ing short of ridicu­lous bi­ased crap par­tic­u­larly from for­mer Dub Char­lie Red­mond.

Fi­nally, on the mat­ter of player of the year I can’t see ei­ther goal keeper get­ting the nod so it’s be­tween James McCarthy and Andy Mo­ran with the Mayo man my se­lec­tion.

This is based on the fact that he nearly sin­gle hand­ily dragged Mayo to within an inch of win­ning an All-Ire­land ti­tle and that there is no other player that had the same in­flu­ence on this year’s championship.

If James McCarthy was play­ing for Mayo would he have had the same im­pact as Mo­ran? I think not, but more on this closer to de­ci­sion time.

In the Bel­fry Sligo Se­nior foot­ball championship St Mary’s and Eastern Harps won their re­spec­tive quar­ter fi­nals and were drawn to play each other in the semi-fi­nal.

I at­tended the Marys v Coolaney/Mul­linabreena game where Marys were al­ways in con­trol against a dis­ap­point­ing Coolaney side who I ex­pected more from.

If Stephen Coen had brought his scor­ing boots it could have been em­bar­rass­ing for the South Sligo side who have failed to build on their prom­ise of a cou­ple of years ago as my own club aren’t set­ting the scene alight ei­ther, but seem to be find­ing some form of late.

Eastern Harps will be a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion in the semi-fi­nal next week­end with Tony Tay­lor back as he missed the ear­lier game be­tween the sides in the group stages which St Mary’s won nar­rowly.

Eastern Harps long di­rect ball into their full for­ward line in the group game caused trou­ble for St Marys but with Luke Ni­chol­son back who was out­stand­ing last Sun­day at full­back should give Marys the edge in this area and make them favourites to make the fi­nal for the third year in a row.

The GAA community and be­yond is deeply sad­dened on hear­ing of the tragic un­timely death of Mairead Davey (nee Mar­ren) last week­end.

Mairead orig­i­nally from Tourlestrane, sis­ter of cur­rent se­nior player John, and wife of for­mer Sligo player Sean Davey an in­te­gral player on the Con­nacht win­ning team of 2007 passed away af­ter an in­nocu­ous ac­ci­dent while on hol­i­day in Spain.

Mairead was well known through her own pro­fes­sion as a nurse and her own in­volve­ments in the sport­ing cir­cles in South Sligo and will be sadly missed by all those con­nected to her, es­pe­cially her heart­bro­ken hus­band Sean, chil­dren Ja­son and Shan­non, her Par­ents, brother and sis­ters.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Christo­pher Kelly of St Mary’s in a race for pos­ses­sion with Coolaney/Mul­linabreena’s Shane O’Brien dur­ing the Bel­fry Se­nior quar­ter fi­nal.

Andy Mo­ran is my se­lec­tion for Player of the Year.

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