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Dublin: 17°C Saturday 8 May 2021

Dublin edge out Mayo in Division 1 dogfight in Castlebar

A two-point win for Jim Gavin’s side tonight.

Aidan O'Shea on the attack for Mayo in tonight's game against Dublin.
Aidan O'Shea on the attack for Mayo in tonight's game against Dublin.
Image: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Dublin 0-9
Mayo 0-7

THE MARGIN OF victory wasn’t as great as the walloping they dished out in Castlebar last March but Dublin still departed Elvery’s MacHale Park on a winning note after tonight’s league clash.

A tough and uncompromising encounter in wretched weather conditions culminated in a two-point success for Jim Gavin’s side.

Dublin lost Philly McMahon to a black card in the early stages while both sides finished with 14 men after the dismissals of Colm Boyle and John Small.

Mayo’s fans may have feared this game as their stretched squad entered the match on the back of faltering badly against Cork last Sunday.

They produced a heartening showing to test Dublin yet are still pointless after two games whereas Dublin have strung together two successive wins.

Dublin were in front 0-4 to 0-3 at the interval with Dean Rock’s placed ball markmanship key in both halves as he struck 0-4 overall.

Scores were hard to come by for both sides, best encapsulated by the fact that it was 0-1 apiece by the 18th minute. Yet Dublin had different players who could chip in with Diarmuid Connolly and Denis Bastick scoring in the opening-half while James McCarthy, Cormac Costello and Emmet Ó Conghaile raised white flags in the second-half.

Goalkeeper Rob Hennelly and attacker Evan Regan were the principal scoretakers for a Mayo team that suffered from slipping 0-7 to 0-4 behind in the second-half.

That was a deficit they could now claw back despite being only two adrift on a couple of occasions.

Scorers for Dublin: Dean Rock 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1 ’45), Emmet Ó Conghaile, James McCarthy, Denis Bastick, Diarmuid Connolly, Cormac Costello 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayo: Evan Regan 0-4 (0-3f), Rob Hennelly 0-2 (0-2 ’45), Diarmuid O’Connor 0-1.


1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
2. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
4. David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)

5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
23. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)
6. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)

24. Emmet Ó Conghaile (Lucan Sarsfields)
9. Denis Bastick (Templeogue Synge St)

10. Tomás Brady (Na Fianna)
11. Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s)
12. Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)

13. Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s)
14. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)
15. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)

22. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf) for McMahon (black card) (2)
18. Shane Carthy (Naomh Mearnóg) for Bastick (half-time)
25. Ciaran Reddin (St Maur’s) for Brady (45)
19. Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille) for Mannion (53)
Philly Ryan (St Brigid’s) for Andrews (64)
21. Darren Daly (Fingal Ravens) for Cooper (black card) (70)

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1. Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy)

2. Brendan Harrison (Aghamore)
3. Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites)
4. Caolan Crowe (Garrymore)

5. Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe)
6. Colm Boyle (Davitts)
7. Shane Nally (Garrymore)

8. Tom Parsons (Charlestown)
20. Michael Hall (Breaffy)

10. Conor O’Shea (Breaffy)
11. Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy, Captain)
12. Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber)

13. Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites)
14. Jason Doherty (Burrishoole)
15. Mikey Sweeney (Kiltane)

9. Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber) for Parsons (half-time)
21. David Drake (Ballaghaderreen) for Vaughan (inj) (42)
22. Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis) for Hall (54)
26. Cathal Carolan (Crossmolina) for Sweeney (57)
23. Darren McHale for Conor O’Shea (66)
17. Shane McHale (Knockmore) for Nally (70)

Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)

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