Dublin took revenge on Mayo in the 2013 All Ireland Football Final after their defeat at their hands in 2012
Croke Park, Sunday September 22nd 2013
On a sweltering September day in 2013, Dublin bounced back after relinquishing the All Ireland football title the year previous to shade victory and lift the Sam Maguire. It was the perfect end to Jim Gavin’s first year at the helm.
The game itself didn’t live up to the hype, and followed an epic Semi Final between Dublin and Kerry a few weeks before that still had football fans reeling.
For their win, Dublin were on the money, despite not playing at their best. They proved more efficient than their opponents, and ultimately made less errors.
Scorer in chief Bernard Brogan bagged 2-03 on the day, all from play bar one score. Eoghan O’Gara came off the bench to bag some important scores, and only for the goalkeeping of Rob Hennelly things could have been a lot worse for the Mayo men.
Joe McQuillan’s final whistle was met with some contraversy too. Mayo were two down and had won a very scorable free. Cillian O’Connor appeared to consult McQuillan about the remaining time before taking the shot and the referee blew the game up after he’d scored to give Dublin a one point win.
The crux of the battle was in the errors
Mayo were the better side in the opening half but only led by one score at the break their efficiency on restarts wasn’t as good as Dublin’s with Stephen Cluxton having a fine day. But Dublin had their own share of problems.
Paul Mannion left the field injured on 15 minutes, and they too missed their share of scoring chances. Diarmuid Connolly and Cluxton both sent scoreable frees wide. Brogan’s first goal was a hand flick in from a high ball sent from the ’65.
The Mayo men switched players to increase their tally but none of them offered any real goal threat. But their response to Dublin’s first goal was impressive Seamus O’Shea, O’Connor, Lee Keegan and Andy Moran all kicked scores to give them a 0-08 to 1-02 lead on 26 minutes.
Dublin took more control from here and only went in one down at the break.
They in front for the first time in the 38th minute. Excellent scores from Paddy Andrews, Paul Flynn and Brogan saw them move three clear, before a goal from Andy Moran in the 49th minute raised Mayo’s hopes.
But Dublin hit back within three minutes, Brogan set up by sub Denis Bastick and palming to the net. O’Connor’s frees kept Mayo in the game but Moran’s goal was their sole score from play after half time. They were second best and this will be added to all those other chapters of disappointment back to their last win in 1951.
Scorers for Dublin:
Bernard Brogan 2-03 (1f)
Eoghan O’Gara 0-02
Stephen Cluxton 0-02 (1 ’45, 1f)
Ger Brennan 0-01
Cian O’Sullivan 0-01
Paul Flynn 0-01
Diarmuid Connolly 0-01
Paddy Andrews 0-01
Scorers for Mayo:
Cillian O’Connor 0-08 (8f)
Andy Moran 1-02
Lee Keegan 0-02
Seamus O’Shea 0-01
Keith Higgins 0-01
Michael D MacAuley
Subs for Dublin:
Eoghan O’Gara for Mannion (inj) (15)
Darren Daly for McCaffrey (half-time)
Dean Rock for Kilkenny (43)
Kevin McManamon for Andrews (49)
Denis Bastick for Cooper (inj) (53)
Subs for Mayo:
Michael Conroy for Freeman (27)
Cathal Carolan for Cunniffe (half-time)
Enda Varley for Dillon (56)
Barry Moran for Seamus O’Shea (60)
Jason Doherty for Moran (69)