Croke Park - Dublin v Mayo

35,213 watched on in Croke Park as Dublin resumed normal service with convincing win over rivals Mayo


Dublin 1-12
Mayo 0-07

Croke Park, Dublin

Jim Gavin’s Dublin Senior Football panel shattered Mayo’s 100% record in this year’s League Division 1 campaign with a more than comprehensive win. Mayo have now failed to beat Dublin fourteen times over the last seven years in league and championship outings.

Cormac Costello, not for the first time this year, put in a fantastic all round performance. The Whitehall man added another 1-04 to his ever growing personal tally as Dublin ran riot over their western rivals right from the throw in. And what’s more important is Dublin are back in the race for a League Final position, with games against Roscommon, Tyrone and Cavan remaining.

The Dublin manager called up the experienced Cian O’Sullivan and Ciaran Kilkenny as last minute replacements for James McCarthy and Dean Rock before throw. And giving them their first taste of inter county action this year paid off, particularly for O’Sullivan who was solid for the entire 70 plus minutes.

Mayo had nothing, which was highlighted by goalkeeper Rob Hennelly being their joint top scorer tonight with 0-02 from placed balls. But to his credit, the scoreline could have read a lot worse at full time had it not been for no less than five heroic saves from Dublin goal chances.

Dublin never lost the lead after Costello’s green flag

Dublin were 0-02 up after 10 minutes of play, all the while gauging their opponents strategies, like a pack of hunting wild dogs studying their prey. With the game tied two a piece in the 19th Cormac Costello left Keith Higgins for dust, darting forward and placing the ball cleanly past Hennelly at the near post for Dublin’s goal. And from here it was routine. Paul Mannion, Kilkenny, Costello and Jack McCaffrey all added scores to give Dublin a more than commanding 1-06 to 0-03 lead heading in at half time.

Mayo youngster Fionn McDonagh got their only score from play of the half, with Hennelly converting 0-02 from placed balls. And it didn’t help losing Lee Keegan for ten minutes on a black car, reducing them to 14.

If anything the opening half left the second session as a dead rubber affair, with Mayo needing goals.But from where? Matthew Ruane shortened the gap by 0-01 after the restart, but with Mayo only scoring another 0-03 for the rest of the game was never going to be enough. And while Dublin still weren’t at their free flowing best, but Costello, Con O’Callaghan, Brian Fenton and substitute Dean Rock added more than enough to clinch the win that keeps them in the race for a final place.

The second-half stretched to 77 minutes due to a crazy incident when an umpire was accidentally floored by Mayo’s Colm Boyle, and requiring treatment. And Seamus O’Shea was also sin binned, topping a forgettable night for James Horan’s return to GAA Headquarters


Scorers for Dublin:

Cormac Costello 1-04 (2f)
Dean Rock 0-02 (1f, 1 mark)
Paul Mannion 0-02 (1f)
Jack McCaffrey 0-01
Brian Fenton 0-01
Con O’Callaghan 0-01
Ciaran Kilkenny 0-01

Scorers for Mayo:

Robbie Hennelly 0-02 (1f, 1 ’45)
Jason Doherty 0-02 (2f)
Matthew Ruane 0-01
Fionn McDonagh 0-01
Kevin McLoughlin 0-01


1. Evan Comerford
2. David Byrne
3. Michael Fitzsimons
4. Eoin Murchan
26. Cian O’Sullivan
6. Jonny Cooper
7. Jack McCaffrey
8. Brian Fenton
9. Darren Gavin
10. Brian Howard
11. Cormac Costello
12. Niall Scully
13. Paul Mannion
23. Ciaran Kilkenny
15. Con O’Callaghan

Dublin Substitutes:

14. Dean Rock for Kilkenny (49)
17. Paddy Andrews for Mannion (58)
20. Darren Daly for Fitzsimons (64)
19. Seán Bugler for Howard (64)
22. Michael Darragh Macauley for Gavin (67)


1. Rob Hennelly
2. Brendan Harrison
3. Ger Cafferkey
4. Keith Higgins
5. Lee Keegan
6. Colm Boyle
7. Paddy Durcan
8. Matthew Ruane
9. Donal Vaughan
10. Fionn McDonagh
11. Aidan O’Shea
12. Ciaran Treacy
13. Andy Moran
14. Brian Reape
15. Jason Doherty

Mayo Substitutes:

18. Chris Barrett for Cafferkey (20)
25. Kevin McLoughlin for Treacy (35)
23. Seamus O’Shea for Durcan (HT)
24. Fergal Boland for Moran (59)
21. Stephen Coen for Reape (69)

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

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