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Mayo 'keeper Hennelly posts heartfelt message about his part in All-Ireland final defeat

‘It breaks my heart that I didn’t come through for my team and county.’

MAYO GOALKEEPER ROB Hennelly posted a lengthy heartfelt message today detailing some of his emotions in the aftermath of Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC replay loss to Dublin.

Hennelly, a late replacement for David Clarke between the sticks, was at fault for Dublin’s crucial second-half goal in the 1 – 15 to 1 – 14 defeat.

I'll never be able to fully describe what was going through my head at this moment. What I was expecting to be one of my best days turned out to be the opposite, and it breaks my heart that I didn't come through for my team and county. I told a brilliant young man Anthony Casey that that one game wouldn't define him, and today, and probably for a while to come, I'll be telling myself the same thing.  It is not a good place to be, but I know I have to come back from it, I still believe I have something to offer this team and my county, so now is not the time to relent. I have to say that the support I've received has been incredible and the messages from friends, family, former team mates, players from other counties, and of course the Mayo supporters, has helped me immensely. I don't know where I'll be in a years time, but I do know that I'm not going to give up. I love Mayo and this team too much to do that. Mhaigh Eo Abú

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“I’ll never be able to fully describe what was going through my head at this moment,” he posted on Instagram with the above image of the moment he was issued a black card. Here is the rest of the message in its entirety.

What I was expecting to be one of my best days turned out to be the opposite, and it breaks my heart that I didn’t come through for my team and county.I told a brilliant young man Anthony Casey that that one game wouldn’t define him, and today, and probably for a while to come, I’ll be telling myself the same thing. It is not a good place to be, but I know I have to come back from it, I still believe I have something to offer this team and my county, so now is not the time to relent.

I have to say that the support I’ve received has been incredible and the messages from friends, family, former team mates, players from other counties, and of course the Mayo supporters, has helped me immensely.

I don’t know where I’ll be in a years time, but I do know that I’m not going to give up. I love Mayo and this team too much to do that.

Mhaigh Eo Abú.

Team-mate Alan Dillon also took to social media today in an attempt to shrug off the disappointment and both men were offered moral support.

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