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The GAA World Reacts To Poor Mayo Performance And That Aidan O'Shea Dive

The GAA World Reacts To Poor Mayo Performance And That Aidan O'Shea Dive
By PJ Browne Updated

On the scoreboard it looked like a comfortable enough win for Mayo against Fermanagh - it was anything but. Fermanagh led by six points at half time and held that advantage for most of the second half.

The crucial moment came with just over seven minutes remaining when referee Joe McQuillan awarded Mayo a controversial penalty when Aidan O'Shea went down easily under pressure from the Fermanagh fullback Che Cullen.

Cillian O'Connor scored the penalty for Mayo who would eventually win by five points.

Reaction online, even from some within Mayo, was in no doubt that Aidan O'Shea took a dive to win the penalty.

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However, for some Mayo fans, O'Shea was justified in his actions due to the treatment he receives from opposition defenders and a perceived lack of calls in his favour from referees.

Despite the victory, it was a performance which will leave Mayo fans feeling even less optimistic about their chances of ending that 65-year All-Ireland drought.

Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile


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