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Irish Sporting World Reacts As Mayo Fight Back To Draw An Incredible All-Ireland Final

Irish Sporting World Reacts As Mayo Fight Back To Draw An Incredible All-Ireland Final
By Conall Cahill Updated

There was a ripple of excitement spreading throughout the country all this week. It grew and gained momentum until a wave of energy burst onto the pitch from the stands at the start of the All-Ireland final. Anticipation levels were at an absolute peak. And the game didn't disappoint.

As usual, the Sunday World's Roy Curtis was in poetic mood as every county except Dublin and Galway looked set to cheer on Mayo in their effort to win a first All-Ireland since 1951.

Quite unbelievably, for most of the first half Dublin didn't even score, two own goals from Mayo keeping them in the game and leading to their five-point half time lead.

But, apart from Mayo's misfortune, the main talking point was the black card rule - notably the decision not to give cards to Michael Darragh MacCauley and McManamon for borderine challenges but then send James McCarthy to the line just before half time. There was widespread frustration with the seeming inconsistent application of the rule.

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It was an insane last ten minutes...a draw looked on the cards.

And, just when it looked certain that there was to be more heartbreak for Mayo, Cillian O'Connor, hit a brilliant point to secure an incredible draw in the dying seconds of the game.

Former Liverpool player Didi Hamann was so impressed with the game, he's looking for a replay ticket.

SEE ALSO: Pictures: All The Sports Stars And Politicians At Today’s All-Ireland Final

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