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'Would we have taken a replay with three minutes to go? Most certainly' - Andy Moran

The Mayo forward felt the game was there to win, but was relieved to have a second chance to beat Dublin.

Moran contributed two points for Mayo.
Moran contributed two points for Mayo.
Image: RTÉ

MAYO WILL HAVE a second chance to banish 65 years of hurt, when they take on Dublin on Saturday 1 October in a replay, after a tense All-Ireland final.

Two own-goals by Kevin McLoughlin and Colm Boyle saw Dublin go into the break with a five-point lead, but Mayo’s Andy Moran felt his side should have performed better in the first-half, and that it didn’t matter how the goals went in.

“Half-time was a strange place, we hadn’t performed, and we came out in the second-half and I think we did ourselves justice,” Moran told RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey.

“Our captain stood up at the end to kick the equalising score, and give us another chance.

“We were in there (at half-time), we were disappointed with how we played, our performance wasn’t up to standard.

“I think we came out in the second-half and showed at least what we could do,” he continued.

Damp conditions at Croke Park hindered any prospect of slick football by either side, with Moran stating that the weather hampered the forwards of both teams.

“The conditions were very tough, in any other pitch them conditions would have been fine. In Croker, it is a bit quicker, it makes the ball move a bit, and it’s bit harder for inside forwards, you’ve seen it on both sides, even for backs.

“It was tough. We showed good character, and we move on.”

A last-gasp Cillian O’Connor point means the both sides will meet again in just under two weeks time, and he is confident that the Stephen Rochford’s side can claim the title.

“Would we have taken a replay with three minutes to go? Most certainly.

“Could we have won the game? Most certainly, I missed a chance for a goal.

“We weren’t given a chance, we come up here, we draw the game.

“We’ve proved time and time again that we are a good team, hopefully we can put them under a bit more pressure (in the replay) and finish off the job.”

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As it happened: Dublin v Mayo, All-Ireland senior football final

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