Dublin manager Jim Gavin admitted his side are lucky to still be in with a chance to retain the Sam Maguire Cup after the 2-09 to 0-15 draw in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park on Sunday.
Mayo conceded two own-goals in eleven minutes but defending champions Dublin went 31 minutes before a Dublin player got a score. They also went over 13 minutes in the second half without a score, a stat that is normally reserved for their opposition.
“We had all the luck”, said Gavin. “It was two lucky goals in the first half. Five points from play isn’t good enough to win an All-Ireland title so we have a lot of work to do.
“We were playing against a very good Mayo team, to beat them you are going to have to perform and we didn’t perform today.
“We’re happy to be in the competition after that performance today. The players themselves drive very high standards within the group and they weren’t met today.”
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford was disappointed Mayo didn’t capitalise on playing an under-performing Dublin side, but he was happy to have another shot at them.
“It’s mixed emotions,” said Rochford. “We are still in the fight and have loads of scope to improve.
“These guys have great character. People want to batter them because they haven’t won a Sam Maguire but we’re still in there and it will be one of the two of us that will win it.
“We’ll look to recover over the next day or two, get into the pool and start the process again, the wheel will turn, getting our attention for the 1st October.”
Speaking immediately after the final whistle, Mayo’s centre-half forward Aidan O’Shea thought the Mayo defence was fantastic today.
“We’re a little disappointed we didn’t win the game. Our defence was excellent apart from the two goals. The conditions were difficult today. We’ll be back in a few weeks time and go again.”
The All-Ireland final replay will be on Sportsclubsociety on Saturday October 1 with throw-in at 5pm.
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