By Tomas Mulcahy.
They say you can never win a game in the first 15-20 minutes, but you certainly can do everything to lose it.
Mayo did all the football at this stage and should have been much further in front than the scoreline showed, but for all their endeavour and energy they paid a heavy price for conceding a sloppy goal totally against the run of play, and it knocked them for six.
Up until then they were winning the key battles and had plenty of possession but on Sunday, above all days, lacked the killer instinct we had seen so many times this year by putting their opponents away with deft touches and sublime goal scoring qualities.
They can only blame themselves over the 70 minutes as they had more shots on goal than Dublin, but clearly up front they lacked a player of the quality of a Gooch Cooper or Bernard Brogan to take those chances when they arose.
This will be a huge setback to the men from the West. Losing two All Ireland finals in a row is hard to take and knowing the Dubs were there for the taking will be even more difficult to stomach.
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