Dubs show their class in defeat
TTHe picture of Alan Brogan and his son Jamie said it all. Both in tears, heartbroken after the Dubs were defeated by Donegal last Sunday. The result brought to mind the words of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns: "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men gang aft agley". So it was for Dublin last Sunday when, in a stunning display, Donegal shattered the hopes and dreams of the boys in blue.
For a neutral, it was a dramatic and truely awe-inspiring game of football.
It was hard not to feel for the Dublin players at the end of the 70 minutes, as they staggered off the pitch bewildered and stunned at the storm that had beset their hopes of retaining Sam. It was a pulsating and extraordinary display by Donegal who richly deserved the win.
Dublin manager Jim Gavin was generous and gracious in defeat, as were his players who, although bitterly disappointed, did not begrudge Donegal their unexpected victory.
At the end of the day, sportsmanship is what it's all about - and the Dubs showed they have it in spades. Hard luck lads!