By Larry Cooney.
Dublin 2-12, Mayo 1-14
Dublin deservedly won their second all-Ireland title in three years and 24th in total with a one-point victory over a disappointing Mayo team at a sun-drenched capacity Croke Park last Sunday afternoon.
They completed an Allianz National League and Sam Maguire Cup double for the first time since 1976. Although they never really reached the heights of their thrilling semi-final victory over Kerry three weeks previously, Dublin were still that bit better than a sluggish Mayo team who underperformed yet again on the big occasion.
And for their frustrated and loyal supporters who have been waiting 62 years to claim the Sam Maguire Cup it was yet another bitter pill for Mayo to swallow after making the kind of start that they had dreamed and hoped for in ideal, apart from the swirling wind, playing conditions.
But two goals from man-of-match Bernard Brogan ultimately turned the tide in Dublin’s favour and with Manchester City also overcoming their great rivals Manchester United around the same time last Sunday afternoon blue really was the colour on this occasion also!
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