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Kerry 1-17 Mayo 2-15
14.17 – Colm Cooper (who else?) scores Kerry’s first point from play in this game. Kerry seem to be belatedly coming good.
14.35 – Andy Moran capitalises on a slip from Paul Galvin, taking the ball from him and hammering it over the bar.
A point from Conor Mortimer then extends Mayo’s advantage.
14.42 – So, an interesting first half then. Mayo probably deserve their slim advantage, as Kerry have only played well sporadically.
Conor Mortimer was undoubtedly the player of the half, scoring six points for Mayo.
15.01 – I haven’t received any official figures yet, but as the picture below attests, it’s not a great turnout today (INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan):
15.23 – Jason Givens produces a fairly lacklustre attempt, hitting it well wide after some excellent build-up play. It’s not the first time Mayo have been wasteful in attack.
In stark contrast, Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan scores a superbly executed free from roughly 60 yards out.
15.42 – I think it’s safe to say Kieran Donaghy won’t be viewing replays of this game anytime soon. He committed an absolute howler of a backpass for the Mayo goal.
15.49 – Enda Varley hits a free wide. A subsequent free by Cillian O’Connor lacks the distance to go over the bar and falls comfortably into the hands of the keeper. They’re clearly missing Conor Mortimer, who’s been taken off.
16.07 – Richie Feeney scores a point for Mayo with 30 seconds remaining.
16.10 – Bryan Sheehan, surprisingly, hits a 45 wide with the last kick of the game.
16.20 – So Mayo are through to the final, sending their fans (who were undoubtedly in the majority today) home happy.
And they probably deserved it, owing to the character they showed to comeback twice from seemingly impossible positions. Nevertheless, they also have the brilliance of Colm Boyle and the sloppiness of Keiran Donaghy to thank for their victory.
Kerry, though, will rue a game that they’ll claim they should have won. Ultimately, the ostensibly casual approach they appeared to adopt at times has cost them dearly.
(Patrick Harte scores a penalty for Mayo – INPHO/Ryan Byrne)