Dub v Mayo: From ecstasy to agony with minutes to go in nail-biting semi-final draw
– 31 August 2015 06:40 AM
DUBLIN supporters were left in shock after their team threw away a seven-point lead against Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final to settle for a draw.
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The blue half of the sell-out 82,000 crowd were in ecstasy with minutes to go in the match, only to exit Croke Park annoyed and wondering what might have been.
Famous faces among the crowd were Mayo man and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former Taoiseach and boys in blue supporter Bertie Ahern, legendary Dublin All-Ireland winning goalkeeper John O’Leary, boom-time developer Sean Dunne and former Meath footballer Graham Geraghty.
Meanwhile, Renua TD Terence Flanagan was playing the cymbals in the Artane Senior Band during half-time.
Geraghty said he’ll be buying a ticket for Hill 16 if the Dubs make the final.
“A neighbour of mine is a massive fan so I said I’d go on the Hill,” he said.
Mr O’Leary told the Herald that the former Meath star will get a warm reception among Dublin supporters.
“He’ll have a bit of fun. There’ll be a bit of slagging alright, but they’ll treat him well,” he said.
Mr O’Leary said if Dublin overcome Mayo and defeat Kerry in the final, they could become the best Dublin team of all time.
“If they win in September, it’ll be their third in five years so they’d be there or thereabouts,” he said.
Bertie Ahern, who was attending the match with his son-in-law, Nicky Byrne, also said the jury is still out on how good this Dublin team is.
“I’ve my fingers crossed. I’ll tell you at the end of September,” he said.
However, Dublin supporters remain confident that the boys in blue will come out on top in the replay.
“It was unreal, very exciting right until the end,” said Jason Kelly (46) from Donaghmede, who was at the game with his daughter, Chelsea (13).
Eimhin O’Connor (16), from Skerries, thinks the Dubs need to curb their arrogance before the next game.
“We got cocky, but I can’t wait for the replay, we’ll beat them in that,” she said.
Meanwhile, divided Dublin–Mayo families were left with their hearts in their mouths after a dramatic finish to the game.
Cabra man Jimmy Meehan lives in Mayo with his wife and six kids, all of whom except one were supporting the red and green.
“I was sweating for the last 10 minutes when Mayo got back into it,” said Mr Meehan.
“When we got the seven point lead, I was giving it loads, telling the kids ‘Mayo are falling apart now’ and ‘that’s it over’ and next of all they came back,”
Rathfarnham father and son Louis and Sean Gunnigan were supporting Mayo and Dublin respectively and Louis told the Herald he’s just relieved.
“I’m very glad to be still in it and it’s all to play for. I was talking to Sean briefly and he feels the same,” said Louis.
“We’ve another week of slagging each other, and that’s what it’s all about,” he added.