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Dublin: 5 °C Tuesday 20 November, 2018


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Hello and welcome to our liveblog of today’s All-Ireland SFC final.

Dublin and Mayo meet at 3.30pm in what’s certain to be a historic occasion. The Dubs are seeking to win their first All-Ireland double since 1976, while Mayo…well you know that part.

Here’s how the teams will line-up today:


1. David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites)

2. Brendan Harrison (Aghamore)
3. Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe)
4. Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis)

5. Lee Keegan (Westport)
6. Colm Boyle (Davitts)
7. Patrick Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels)

8. Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy)
9. Tom Parsons (Charlestown)

10. Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore)
11. Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy)
12. Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber)

13. Jason Doherty (Burrishoole)
14. Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen)
15. Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber, captain)


Reports of some pushing and shoving between Keith Higgins and Michael Darragh MacAuley as both teams run out onto the field at the same time.

Dublin were due out two minutes before Mayo but they were late and both sides arrived out at the same time.

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Dublin win the toss and will shoot into Hill 16 in the second-half.

The Dubs arriving about an hour ago.

Paul Flynn arrives Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Diarmuid Connolly arrives Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Cian O’Sullivan arrives Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Three key men arriving for Mayo earlier this afternoon:

Colm Boyle arrives Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Cillian O’Connor arrives Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Aidan O'Shea arrives Source: James Crombie/INPHO

We’re almost set to go. Time to call it, who’s going to win?

Both teams will start as selected. Here we go!

Mayo are having a last minute huddle before the throw-in as the Dubs take their places.

Lee Keegan picks up Diarmuid Connolly as expected.

And we’re underway with Mayo in possession.

2 mins – Dublin 0-0 Mayo 0-1

Wonderful pass into Andy Moran by Diarmuid O’Connor. Moran slips the ball to Parsons who slots it over.

Diarmuid O’Connor is caught with a late tackle by Kevin McManamon. He gets a yellow from referee Conor Lane.

Stephen Cluxton’s kickout goes out the sideline to the delight of the Mayo crowd.

BLOCK! Johnny Cooper gets his body in front of Patrick Durcan after excellent work by Aidan O’Shea. Mayo have the 45…

6 mins – Dublin 0-0 Mayo 0-1

Cillian O’Connor drops a 45 short for Mayo but it was almost turned into the net.

Meanwhile Diarmuid Connolly looks in trouble with a groin injury.

8 mins – Dublin 0-0 Mayo 0-2

Cillian O’Connor slots over his first free of the day. Excellent start by Mayo and in particular Aidan O’Shea.


GOAL! Own goal by Kevin McLoughlin as Mayo’s defence was cut open by a lightning Dublin attack. Bernard Brogan’s shot is turned into the net by the Mayo sweeper.

That’s the risk you take when pushing up so aggressively on Cluxton’s kickouts.

11 mins – Dublin 1-0 Mayo 0-2

Dean Rock sends a free from a tight angle wide. Dublin lead by one.

SAVE! Clarke denies Brian Fenton again from close-range! Dublin’s patient build-up is creating chances.

Kevin McManamon drops a shot short off the left foot. Edgy opening 15 minutes in HQ. It’s been tight, tense and tactical.

Lee Keegan is tripped by MDMA. It looked deliberate but the referee opts not to show MacAuley a card.

16 mins – Dublin 1-0 Mayo 0-3

Excellent free from Cillian O’Connor. A really important score there.

18 mins – Dublin 1-1 Mayo 0-3

Rock kicks his second wide. He’s missed both his attempts at goal.

Dublin haven’t scored in ten minutes and they’ve yet to score a point. Mayo have also three wides.

Dean Rock’s radar is off. He kicks another wide, this one from play. Conditions are not helping him.


GOAL! Another own goal from Mayo, this time from Colm Boyle. A long ball into Bernard Brogan was dropped by the corner-forward and it bounced off Boyle’s boot and into the net.

23 mins – Dublin 2-0 Mayo 0-4

Incredible game. Donal Vaughan pops one over after a nice ball from Andy Moran.

Paddy Andrews will replace McCarthy, while Ciaran Kilkenny will slot in at wing-back.

No Dublin player has scored after 28 minutes. This is scarcely believable.

31 mins – Dublin 2-1 Mayo 0-4

Rock becomes the first Dublin player to score in this game.

33 mins – Dublin 2-2 Mayo 0-4

Paddy Andrews restores some normality in this game. Minutes after Rock missed a free, he sends one over from play.

33 mins – Dublin 2-2 Mayo 0-5

Wonderful score from Jason Doherty is Mayo’s first in 11 minutes.

35 mins - Dublin 2-3 Mayo 0-5

Andrews with another big score for the Dubs.


Half-time: Dublin 2-4  Mayo 0-5

Dublin have hardly played any football but they find themselves five up at half-time.

38 mins - Dublin 2-4  Mayo 0-8

That’s a sparkling start to the second-half by Mayo. Three unanswered points leaves them to within two points.

40 mins - Dublin 2-4 Mayo 0-9

Cillian O’Connor sends over a free to reduce the gap to one. At the far end Jonny Cooper misses a golden chance for a point.

43 mins - Dublin 2-4 Mayo 0-9

Under intense pressure, Dean Rock kicks an important 45 short for Dublin. With difficult conditions underfoot, that’s another miss by Rock.

45 mins - Dublin 2-4 Mayo 0-10

MDMA gets a yellow for close-lining Cillian O’Connor. O’Connor draws the game level with a free. That’s five straight scores for Mayo.

Paul Mannion replaces Kevin McManamon in the Dublin attack.

Clarke catches a Rock shot from over the crossbar.

50 mins - Dublin 2-6 Mayo 0-10

Fenton kicks an easy score from close-range. Seamus O’Shea has given away four bad turnovers in the last few minutes. At the far end Rock sends over a super score under intense pressure.

Michael Fitzsimons replaces MDMA on the Dublin team.

53 mins - Dublin 2-6 Mayo 0-11

Andy Moran sends a gilt-edged chance over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Mayo’s Seamus O’Shea is replaced by Alan Dillon. This game is made for him.

Colm Boyle nails John Small with a big hit and he receives a yellow from the referee.

Chris Barrett comes in for Colm Boyle.

There’s a serious off-the-ball tussle between Diarmuid Connolly and Lee Keegan which leaves Connolly with a badly torn jersey.

Connolly is given a new jersey and both he and Keegan receive yellows.

Eoghan O’Gara is in for Bernard Brogan.

63 mins - Dublin 2-6 Mayo 0-11

Still Dublin lead by the minimum.

63 mins - Dublin 2-6 Mayo 0-12

Alan Dillon curls over a stunning point after a swift Mayo counter-attack.

65 mins - Dublin 2-7 Mayo 0-12

Mayo are out on their feet defensively as John Small tags on a score to put Dublin back in front.

Barry Moran comes in for Alan Dillon, who appears to be injured.

67 mins - Dublin 2-7 Mayo 0-12

Stephen Coen replaces Diarmuid O’Connor as Mayo go man-on-man.

Rock stands over a free from about 35m and a chance to put Dublin two in front.

67 mins - Dublin 2-8 Mayo 0-12

Rock puts it over. Massive score.

68 mins - Dublin 2-9 Mayo 0-12

Connolly picks up the break off a poor kickout and slots it over off the left. Mayo need a goal.

69 mins - Dublin 2-9 Mayo 0-13

O’Connor wins a free and converts it himself. Two point game.

Seven minutes of added time.

70 mins - Dublin 2-9 Mayo 0-13

Vaughan reduces the gap to one. He’s been superb today.

Conor Regan comes in for Andy Moran.

Cillian O’Connor avoids a certain black-card for a blatant drag down.

Denis Bastick is in for Paul Flynn.

We have three minutes of stoppage-time to go here.

70+5 mins - Dublin 2-9 Mayo 0-14

Shocking wide by Aidan O’Shea at a time when Mayo need composure.

Dublin are playing keep ball with a minute left.

Was Mayo’s last chance that Aidan O’Shea shot?

Mayo have the ball and 30 seconds left to launch one last attack.

Evan Regan goes down after a clash of heads with Denis Bastick. We’re going to have a hop ball here.

Never mind that, it’s a free out for Dublin.

We’ll have to do it all over again as Dublin and Mayo play out the most thrilling draw.

Thanks for joining us.

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Kevin O'Brien