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Dublin: 2 °C Saturday 23 February, 2019


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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the biggest day in the gaelic football calendar – the All-Ireland SFC final.

And once again, it’s Dublin and Mayo who will battle it out for Sam Maguire.

Mayo come into this game on the back of a somewhat turbulent championship campaign, while Jim Gavin’s Dublin are seeking their third consecutive All-Ireland title.
We’re less an hour away from throw-in, and we’ll be gradually building up to the game with some team news, as well as some feature articles by some of our writers at The42 previewing the game.


The team-line ups that have been announced:


1. David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites)

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

5. Lee Keegan (Westport)
6. Chris Barrett (Belmullet)
7. Colm Boyle (Davitts)

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. Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber – captain)
15. Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen)


1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

2. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)
3. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
4. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)

5. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
6. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)
7. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)

8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)

10. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock)
11. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)
12. Niall Scully (Templeogue)

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

To get you started, here is Billy Joe Padden’s take on Mayo’s chances of ending the 66-year wait for Sam Maguire.

Speaking on The42′s Close Calls, he said:

“I think they’ve learned an awful lot and I think they’re ahead of the curve in terms of how teams should play against Dublin,” said Padden, a three-time Connacht title winner.

“I think they’re ready for the sort of mental task that it is because you have to be alert and aggressive and totally focused for the full 75 minutes. You can’t let it lapse at any stage, or else Dublin will just walk all over the top of you. I think they’ve proven that they can do that. They’ll need to do it again obviously.

“I just feel that the way Mayo are battle-hardened, the way they’re focused on this game, the way that maybe Dublin haven’t had any challenges this summer, I think that may have an impact on them — that maybe Mayo will just be that bit sharper on the day and will have enough to get the job done.”

Continue reading here:

‘If Mayo go and win I still think that Dublin are probably the greatest team we’ve ever seen’

‘Both sides are unchanged’, says RTÉ commentator Ger Canning.

We’ll have to wait and see when the two teams take to the field.

Tim ‘Boom-shaka-laka’ McCarthy spoke to Kevin O’Brien about them impact of basketball coach Mark Ingle on Dublin’s game, particularly on Ciarán Kilkenny.

“In a basketball team the point guard’s role in general is to get the ball to the scorers.

“To me Kilkenny is the point guard, because what he does is he surveys the whole situation. For the amount of possession he has, he doesn’t take a lot of shots. That doesn’t mean he can’t score, but he doesn’t score the big points.

“You’d think for somebody with so much possession in the offensive part of the field he’d be taking more shots, but what he does is find players.

“You take Rock or Andrews who have less possession, they take more shots. If you look at the point guard’s role, it’s to get the ball to the scorers. Ciaran Kilkenny in Dublin gets the ball to the scorers.”

Continue reading here:

Ciaran Kilkenny as point guard: How basketball has transformed Dublin’s style of play

Team changes ahead of throw-in:


Eoghan O’Gara will start instead of Niall Scully


Paddy Durcan is in for Diarmuid O’Connor.

There’s a lot of talk about Diarmuid Connolly’s warm-up attire. What do you think? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.


Dublin 0-00 0-00 Mayo

And we are underway in Croke Park. Here we go!

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Dublin 1-00 0-00 Mayo

Goal!!! Con O’Callaghan gets Dublin off the mark with a superb goal after cutting through the Mayo defence.


Dublin 1-00 0-00 Mayo

Jack McCaffrey has gone down badly. He’s in agony and holding his knee. He’s getting treatment on the pitch.


Dublin 1-00 0-00 Mayo

It looks like Paul Flynn is coming on for McCaffrey.


Dublin 1-00 0-02 Mayo

Andy Moran and Donal Vaughan get Mayo’s scoreboard moving.


Dublin 1-00 0-02 Mayo

That change has been confirmed, as Flynn comes in for McCaffrey.


Dublin 1-00 0-02 Mayo

Dean Rock hits a free out for a 45′ from a difficult angle.


Dublin 1-00 0-02 Mayo

Rock takes the 45′ but doesn’t connect properly with the shot and it drifts out wide. Still just one point between the sides.

Dublin 1-00 0-02 Mayo

Mayo are struggling to break Dublin’s defence, and there’s been a few errors from Mayo while in possession.


Dublin 1-00 0-03 Mayo

Kevin McLoughlin levels proceedings with a super score. It came from some great defensive play from Mayo to win the ball back.

That’s what Mayo can do.


Dublin 1-01 0-03 Mayo

Eoghan O’Gara hits Dublin’s first point of the afternoon. They take the lead once more.


Yellow card for Paul Mannion. Meanwhile, Andy Moran hits a third wide for Mayo.


Dublin 1-01 0-05 Mayo

Cillian O’Connor brings it back to a level game, while Andy Moran squeezes over a shot to edge Mayo in front.


Dublin 1-02 0-05 Mayo

Paddy Andrews draws a foul from Donal Vaughan, and Rock lobs it over to level the game once more.


Dublin 1-02 0-06 Mayo

Moran scores his third point of the afternoon. Mayo are starting to assert themselves.


Dublin 1-02 0-07 Mayo

Jason Doherty adds another for Mayo, to put them two points in front.


Dublin 1-03 0-07 Mayo

John Small responds for the champions, but Mayo continue to hold their lead.


Dublin 1-03 0-07 Mayo

Here’s that goal again by Con O’Callaghan

Con O'Callaghan scores his sides first goal Source: James Crombie/INPHO


Dublin 1-04 0-07 Mayo

Dean Rock puts another point up for Dublin to make it a drawn game again. Meanwhile, Lee Keegan and John Small have been handed yellow cards.


Dublin 1-04 0-08 Mayo

Jason Doherty hits his second point of the day on the back of some great passing in the Mayo forward line. Mayo take charge on the scoreboard again.


Dublin 1-04 0-08 Mayo

Dublin cannot get a handle on their own kickouts. Mayo’s midfield are dominating.


Dublin 1-04 0-08 Mayo

Kevin McLoughlin wins a free after a challenge from Cian O’Sullivan.

But it’s a bad miss from O’Connor. Mayo needed that one.


Dublin 1-04 0-08 Mayo

Some bad wides in the last few minutes. Paul Flynn will be disappointed with that effort.


Dublin 1-04 0-08 Mayo

We’re coming to the end of the first half, and crucially, Mayo are in front.

We have three minutes of added time to go.


Dublin 1-04 0-09 Mayo

Colm Boyle slices a shot over the bar. They stretch their lead to two with half-time looming.


Dublin 1-05 0-9 Mayo

Ciarán Kilkenny earns a free for Dublin, and Rock sends it soaring between the posts.

Colm Boyle gets a yellow card just before the break.

Team changes

Dublin: Kevin McManamon on for Paddy Andrews. Diarmuid Connolly on for Eoghan O’Gara


Dublin 1-06 0-09 Mayo

Second half has just kicked off, and Paul Mannion gets a quick score to level the game.


Dublin 1-06 0-10 Mayo

Mayo are awarded a free for a tug on the jersey from the 13 metre line. Cillian O’Connor easily slots it over.

That’s their first point from a free today.


Dublin 1-07 0-10 Mayo

Dean Rock curls over a point to ensure that Mayo don’t go far.


Dublin 1-08 0-10 Mayo

McManamon announces himself to the stage with a terrific point to put them in the lead.


Dublin 1-08 0-10 Mayo

McManamon hits Dublin’s fourth wide. He’s looking lively though.

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Dublin 1-08 0-10 Mayo

SAVE!! Stephen Cluxton gets down well to keep out a certain Mayo goal. Crucial moment.


Dublin 1-08 0-11 Mayo

Cillian O’Connor chips over a free from that moment to ensure they come away with something.

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Dublin 1-09 0-11 Mayo

SAVE!! David Clarke keeps out a great shot from Paul Mannion, but Mannion gets a point out of it.

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Dublin 1-09 0-11 Mayo

John Small is sent off for a second yellow following a challenge on Colm Boyle. Donal Vaughan is also given his marching orders.

Both teams down to 14 men.


Dublin 1-10 0-11 Mayo

Brian Fenton extends Dublin’s lead to two points with a nice chip over the bar.


Dublin 1-10 0-11 Mayo

Team change for Mayo: Diarmuid O’Connor is on for Seamus O’Shea.


Dublin 1-10 0-12 Mayo

Cillian O’Connor reduces the difference to just one point with a free.

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Dublin 1-11 1-12 Mayo

GOAL!! Lee Keegan hits a cracking goal to respond to a James McCarthy point. They lead by one now.


Dublin 1-12 1-12 Mayo

Diarmuid Connolly sweeps over an inspirational point. Back to a drawn affair again.


Dublin 1-12 1-13 Mayo

Kevin McLoughlin hits an instant reply for Mayo as we approach the final 10 minutes of the game.


Dublin 1-13 1-13 Mayo

Dean Rock had to work to fist that point. The referee had awarded a free but he has allowed the point to stand.


Dublin 1-13 1-13 Mayo

Chris Barrett is having a stormer at centre back for Mayo.


Dublin 1-13 1-14 Mayo

Cillian O’Connor fires a shot high and over the bar. There might have been a goal on though. Philly McMahon gets a yellow card.


Dublin 1-13 1-15 Mayo

Diarmuid O’Connor and Lee Keegan combine well and earn a free in a very scoreable position right in front of goal.

And brother Cillian pops it over.


Lee Keegan celebrates scoring his goal right into the face of the hill.

Lee Keegan celebrates scoring Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO


Dublin 1-14 1-15 Mayo

Super score from Paul Mannion following confirmation from Hawk Eye. Back to a one-point game again.


Team change

Dublin: Bernard Brogan is on for Paul Flynn.


Dublin 1-15 1-15 Mayo

James McCarthy curls a nice shot over the bar. Could we headed for a replay?


Dublin 1-16 1-16 Mayo

Dean Rock and Cillian O’Connor trade points. These sides are inseparable it seems.


Team change

Dublin: Con O’Callaghan has been withdrawn, with Niall Scully coming in.


Dublin 1-16 1-16 Mayo

Team change for Mayo: David Drake comes on for Jason Doherty.

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Dublin 1-16 1-16 Mayo

MISS!! Cillian O’Connor earns a free which he takes. It’s a similar position to where he missed that crucial free last year.

But it comes off the post.


Dublin 1-16 1-16 Mayo

We’re into the second minute of six additional minutes.


Dublin 1-16 1-16 Mayo

Diarmuid Connolly has just sent a shot wide. A replay is very much on the cards.


Dublin 1-16 1-16 Mayo

Team change for Dublin: Cormac Costello comes on for Paul Mannion.


Dublin 1-16 1-16 Mayo

Dublin have just been given a free. This could be it.

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Dublin 1-17 1-16 Mayo

And Dean Rock nails it! Dublin are in front with added time already played.


Dublin 1-17 1-16 Mayo

Ciarán Kilkenny is off with a black card.

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FT: Dublin 1-17 1-16 Mayo

Dublin have completed the three-in-a-row following a dramatic finish in the All-Ireland final.

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