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  • 13:31
    And then there were three…

    Donegal impressively progressed to the All-Ireland final by defeating Cork last Sunday. Dublin and Mayo are vying for the opportunity to face the Ulster champions in the All-Ireland decider this afternoon. The Dubs are favourites but many pundits have been quietly optimistic when discussing Mayo’s prospects in the past week.

    One man has dominated the build-up to the game – Alan Brogan. Will he or won’t he play? The older Brogan brother was named in the team midweek but rumour has it that Ciarán Kilkenny will start for the All-Ireland champions. Mayo are without their talismanic forward Andy Moran after his season-ending injury in the quarter-final victory over Down. Can Dublin reach their first back-to-back All-Ireland final in 17 years? Stick with me, Ciaran Daly to find out.

    Before that, we’ve got the All-Ireland minor semi-final between Kerry and Dublin. That fixture is enough to make you nostalgic. It’s Sunday, it’s September and the Dubs are in action at Croke Park. It doesn’t get much better than this. Here’s hoping for a great afternoon of football.


    All-Ireland senior football semi-final


    Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park 3.30pm


    All-Ireland minor football semi-final

    Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park 1.30pm
  • 13:31
    We’re off in the minor semi-final.
  • 13:32
    We're 35 seconds in and Dublin lead 0-1 to no score.
  • 13:33
    Less than two minutes played and the Dubs lead by two. They’re hot favourites to progress to the final.
  • 13:34
    Dublin 0-3 Kerry 0-0. Less than three minutes have been played. Imagine they kept this scoring rate up!
  • 13:37
    GOAL! Conor McHugh scores for Dublin. Kerry fans look away now. It’s Dublin 1-3 Kerry 0-0. We’ve only played five minutes.
  • 13:38
    6 mins – Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-0
  • 13:39
    Kerry score! Kerry score! Kerry score! Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-1
  • 13:40
    The Kerry players have woken up. Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-3
  • 13:43
    The Dubs are hot favourites for this minor match and it looked like it was going to be a massacre after five minutes but Kerry have come right back into it.
  • 13:48
    Dublin hadn’t scored for 10 minutes. They’ve righted that wrong. Dublin 1-5 Kerry 0-3
  • 13:48
  • 13:51
    The Croke Park pitch looks amazing today. It always does but the sunshine doesn’t hurt.....unless you get sunburn of course.
  • 13:51
    Some great blocks in the Kerry defence during the first 20 minutes.
  • 13:53
    When Kerry work the ball into their full forward line – the man in possession is totally isolated and they can get the scores over that their build-up deserves.
  • 13:54
    After Dublin’s early scoring blitz, they’ve been fairly poor. Kerry are dominating possession. Need to add scores though.
  • 13:56
  • 13:56
    GOAL! Cormac Costello with an amazing goal. He picked it up close to the sideline and cut inside, beating two men before putting the ball into the bottom corner. Quality! Dublin 2-5 Kerry 0-3
  • 13:58
    Denis Daly has come on for Kerry.
  • 14:00
    When Dublin move the ball into the forward line a goal always looks on. That’s definitely not the case for Kerry.
  • 14:00
    29 mins – Dublin 2-6 Kerry 0-5
  • 14:02
    Half-time: Dublin 2-6 Kerry 0-5
  • 14:02
  • 14:03
    Dublin have a killer instinct. Kerry do not. The Dubs lead by seven at the break. It’ll be a major surprise if they don’t see this one out.
  • 14:06
    Here’s a preview of today's minor match. Gavin Cummiskey tipped Dublin to win – permission to feel suitably smug granted

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0901/1224323460400.html

  • 14:08
    Do you reckon it’s a rule at RTE that at least one pundit must say ‘It’s men against boys’ when analysing any minor match? Pat Spillane offered up the cliché today.

    It’s not men against boys. It’s like boys against more talented boys.
  • 14:11
    The Dubs were defensively excellent in the first half
  • 14:12
  • 14:16
    The second half is underway.
  • 14:17
    Dublin start the second half like they began the first…with a point. Dublin 2-7 Kerry 0-5
  • 14:18
  • 14:19
    Niall Sheehy kicks a free for Kerry. The Kingdom need goals.
  • 14:20
    The defensive work being done by Dublin is excellent. They don’t’ panic either when they’re working the ball out of defence
  • 14:21
  • 14:21
    Ronan Murphy, Kerry’s centre-half scores an excellent point. Maybe he should be playing in the forward line if he can put them over like that.
  • 14:22
    36 mins – Dublin 2-8 Kerry 0-7. The gap remains seven points.
  • 14:23
  • 14:24
    Every time Cormac Costello gets on the ball, Dublin look like they will score a goal.
  • 14:26
    GOAL! Kerry are back in it. Brilliantly worked goal with an emphatic finish. Dublin 2-8 Kerry 1-7
  • 14:26
  • 14:27
    Cillian Fitzgerald finished a move started in midfield for that goal.
  • 14:29
    Remember, the winners here play Meath in the final after the Royal county defeated Mayo last week on a score-line of 2-10 to 1-11
  • 14:29
    Dublin sub: Shane Cunningham on for Robbie Gaughan
  • 14:30
    Conor Keane with a beautiful point for Kerry. Just three points separate the sides. So, I may have been a tad hasty dismissing Kerry at half-time…
  • 14:31
  • 14:33
    Cormac Costello puts a very scoreable free wide. Are the Dubs getting nervous?
  • 14:34
  • 14:36
    10 minutes left. Dublin 2-9 Kerry 1-10
  • 14:36
  • 14:37
  • 14:38
    Dublin tactics should simply be – Give the ball to Cormac Costello. Let him do the rest.
  • 14:39
    Only a last ditch block denied Kerry a goal. Dublin break upfield and Shane Cunningham points. Dublin 2-10 Kerry 1-10
  • 14:40
  • 14:40
    Why oh why would a player be wearing gloves on a day like today?
  • 14:41
    I’m seriously worried about Conor McHugh now. He’ll need an ice bath…just to cool the sunburn.
  • 14:42
    Conor McHugh scores a point that will probably be enough to take Dublin through to the final. With three minutes left it’s Dublin 2-11 Kerry 1-10
  • 14:43
    GOAL! Dublin 3-11 Kerry 1-10
  • 14:43
  • 14:45
    Stephen Cunningham set up David Campbell for an easy finish.
  • 14:46
    Dublin have their swagger back and why wouldn’t they? They will contest the All-Ireland minor football final.
  • 14:46
    Three unnecessary minutes of injury time.
  • 14:48
    Cormac Costello points again for Dublin. They lead 3-12 Kerry 1-10
  • 14:49
    Full-time: Dublin 3-12 Kerry 1-10
  • 14:49
  • 14:51
    With 10 minutes to go Dublin led by just two points. By the final whistle the margin had widened to eight points. They showed character to come through when it mattered. Realistically though, Dublin should have been out of sight heading into the last 10 minutes.
  • 14:53
    Joe Brolly says that Dublin didn’t play with any urgency. Fair enough assessment. It’s an all-Leinster affair in the All-Ireland minor football final. Dublin v Meath at 1.15pm on Sunday September 23rd
  • 14:59
    It’s Mayo v Dublin. This is the biggest East Coast v West Coast rivalry since Biggie and Tupac
  • 14:59
  • 15:01
  • 15:01
    Conor McHugh does his best Alan Shearer impression (INPHO/James Crombie)
    Conor McHugh does his best Alan Shearer impression (INPHO/James Crombie)
  • 15:05
    Having watched a lot of football this year I can only conclude that Pat Spillane favours ‘work-rate’ and ‘intensity’ over actual tactics.
  • 15:10
  • 15:11
    While you’re waiting for the throw-in, you can read Seán Moran’s piece on why Dublin have rightly been dubbed favourites to progress.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0901/1224323462526.html
  • 15:12
  • 15:14
    Since 1989 no county has more frequently eliminated defending All-Ireland champions than Mayo
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0901/1224323460575.html
  • 15:16
  • 15:18
    Alan Brogan’s stature has risen and risen this year. He’s so important to Dublin we’re continually told. Does that make him the only player in history whose stock has risen by not playing?
  • 15:20
  • 15:22
    Alan Brogan will not start. Ciarán Kilkenny plays.
  • 15:24
  • 15:25
    DUBLIN: S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, R O’Carroll, C O’Sullivan; J McCarthy, G Brennan, K Nolan; E Fennell, D Bastick; P Flynn, M D MacAuley, B Cullen; C Kilkenny, D Connolly, B Brogan.
  • 15:25
  • 15:27
    The lads in the RTE studio are all going for Dublin.
  • 15:29
    Who will it be? Dublin or Mayo? We’re minutes away from the throw-in
  • 15:30
    MAYO: D Clarke; K Keane, G Cafferkey, K Higgins, L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Barrett; B Moran, A O'Shea, K McLoughlin, J Doherty, A Dillon; E Varley, C O'Connor, M Conroy.
  • 15:31
    Packed house at Croke Park and the sun is shining. Let’s hope we get a game to match the conditions.
  • 15:31
    We’re off!
  • 15:32
    Kevin Keane bounces twice to present Dublin with an easy free.
  • 15:33
  • 15:33
    1 min – Dublin 0-1 Mayo 0-0 – Bernard Brogan with the score.
  • 15:34
    Enda Varley has just taken a shot which should land around noon tomorrow.
  • 15:35
    Dublin are already moving the ball well. Michael Dara MacAuley wins a free for the Dubs. Brogan should convert.
  • 15:35
  • 15:36
    4 mins – Brogan converts. Dublin 0-2 Mayo 0-0
  • 15:36
    Mayo are terrified.
  • 15:38
    This might be terribly early to say so but Dublin look completely comfortable in their dealings with the Mayo forwards.
  • 15:39
  • 15:40
    7 mins  Cillian O’Connor converts a 45 for Mayo. That shut the boo boys up. Dublin 0-2 Mayo 0-1
  • 15:41
    9 mins – Cillian O’Connor scores from almost the exact same postion. 0-2 apiece.
  • 15:41
  • 15:42
    Donal Vaughan fisted wide. He should’ve scored really. Diarmuid Connolly also should have scored but inexcusably dropped his shot short.
  • 15:43
    Mayo not so nervous now. They lead. Michael Conroy scores.
  • 15:43
  • 15:44
    Sloppy passing and handling from both sides.
  • 15:45
    Paul Flynn rattles the crossbar! He was shooting for a point surely but it came off the bar
  • 15:46
    Mayo's Lee Keegan is injured and will need to be replaced.
  • 15:47
    Richie Feeney replaces Lee Keegan who appears to have dislocated his finger.
  • 15:47
    Dublin games aren’t enjoyable to watch.
  • 15:48
    On the evidence so far, Donegal have nothing to fear on the 23rd of September
  • 15:51
  • 15:51
    Mayo lead by two but there has been no flow to the game at all.
  • 15:52
    20 mins – Great score from Barry Moran. Mayo deserve their three point lead.
  • 15:52
  • 15:52
    Dublin haven’t scored for over 16 minutes.
  • 15:53
    Diarmuid Connolly scores Dublin’s first point from play. Mayo 0-5 Dublin 0-3
  • 15:53
  • 15:54
  • 15:54
    Alan Dillon with a huge point. Mayo lead by three.
  • 15:55
    Michael Dara MacAuley and Diarmuid Connolly have made inroads by running directly at pace into the heart of the Mayo defence. Pat Gilroy might want to take note.
  • 15:56
  • 15:56
    Diarmuid Connolly scores another long-ranger. Is this him deciding he’ll be good today? A Jekyll and Hyde player if ever there was one.
  • 15:57
  • 15:57
    Kilkenny scores for Dublin. Who says hurling is all that matters to Kilkenny? It’s Mayo 0-6 Dublin 0-5
  • 15:58
    Dublin sniffing around the goal but Mayo defended in numbers to clear the danger.
  • 15:59
    Both sides are guilty of sloppy play. That kind of thing will be punished by Donegal.
  • 16:01
  • 16:01
    Cillian O’Connor converts another 45 for Mayo. Six minutes of the first half left and Mayo lead 0-7 to 0-5
  • 16:02
  • 16:03
    Enda Varley with a great score. Mayo fully deserving of their lead. Dublin are so disjointed.
  • 16:03
  • 16:04
    Ciarán Kilkenny scores his second point of the game. He’s only 18!!! – Mayo 0-8 Dublin 0-6
  • 16:04
  • 16:04
    33 mins – Mayo 0-10 Dublin 0-6
  • 16:05
  • 16:06
    Remember, since 1989 Mayo have eliminated more reigning All-Ireland champions than any other county. Is this another scalp in the making?
  • 16:07
    Mayo are going to go further in front here.
  • 16:07
    Mayo 0-11 Dublin 0-6
  • 16:07
  • 16:08
    Kevin McLoughlin adds another. They could even have gone for goal but that was sensible to take the point. Mayo 0-12 Dublin 0-6
  • 16:09
  • 16:09
    Diarmuid Connolly fires wide further underlining Dublin’s problems.
  • 16:09
    Half-time: Mayo 0-12 Dublin 0-6
  • 16:10
  • 16:10
    Pat Gilroy will be seeing double at half-time. Mayo lead 0-12 to 0-6 and they are fully deserving of that lead.
  • 16:13
    Aidan O’Shea shows Mayo the way (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
    Aidan O’Shea shows Mayo the way (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
  • 16:14
    So Dublin have been preparing to peak in September?  Eh…
  • 16:15
    “Mayo are the most loveable screw-ups in Gaelic football” – So says Joe Brolly!
  • 16:15
    Brolly is criticising Bernard Brogan. He really loves going after the country’s favourite forwards.
  • 16:23
  • 16:24
    Big attendance at Croker this afternoon – 81, 364
  • 16:25
    Dublin need a change. Where will it come from?
  • 16:26
    Alan Brogan is on for the second half.
  • 16:26
    Bryan Cullen is off.
  • 16:28
  • 16:29
    David Clarke with a great save to deny Diarmuid Connolly a goal.
  • 16:30
  • 16:30
    Stephen Cluxton points a 45 for Dublin. It’s Mayo 0-12 Dublin 0-7
  • 16:31
    Philly McMahon replaced Michael Fitzsimons for Dublin at half-time.
  • 16:31
  • 16:32
    There are scuffles all over the pitch now.
  • 16:33
    Rory O’Carroll was involved. I know, I can’t believe that either…
  • 16:33
    Enda Varley has a bloody nose after Philly McMahon appeared to give him a dig.
  • 16:34
    Mayo blood sub: Alan Freeman on for Enda Varley.
  • 16:35
    Long delay while the referee decides who he’s going to be dealing with. Alan Dillon sees a yellow card. James McCarthy and Rory O’Carroll are also booked. Silly.
  • 16:36
    The Dubs are getting ratty and if they continue with that kind of thing they’ll be down to 14 men.
  • 16:37
    Philly McMahon struck Enda Varley in the earlier skirmish. Naturally, he didn’t get booked.
  • 16:37
  • 16:38
    Cillian O’Connor stretches Mayo’s lead to seven points.
  • 16:38
  • 16:38
    The Dubs have been so sloppy in possession.
  • 16:40
    Dublin players seem to be more interested in getting physical with their markers than they are with reducing the arrears.
  • 16:41
  • 16:41
    Richie Feeney with a great point followed by another from Cillian O’Connor Mayo lead 0-16 to 0-7
  • 16:43
  • 16:43
    Eoghan O’Gara is on. Michael Dara MacAuley is now playing at midfield. Alan Dillon has just scored another for Mayo. They lead by 10.
  • 16:44
    Cluxton with a fabulous 45 conversion. Reduces the arrears to nine points.
  • 16:44
  • 16:45
  • 16:45
    52 mins – Kilkenny points for Dublin. Mayo 0-17 Dublin 0-9
  • 16:46
    Alan Brogan, a half-time substitute is replaced by Kevin McManamon
  • 16:47
    Three points in a row for Dublin. Paul Flynn with the latest score.
  • 16:48
  • 16:48
    If Dublin get a goal this will be a very interesting finish.
  • 16:48
    Mayo sub: Kevin McLoughlin replaced by Colm Boyle
  • 16:49
  • 16:49
    Bernard Brogan converts a free. Dublin 0-11 Mayo 0-17
  • 16:50
    58 mins – Dublin 0-12 Mayo 0-17. Brogan with another free conversion.
  • 16:51
  • 16:51
    Donal Vaughan is booked for more off-the-ball nonsense.
  • 16:52
    If Dublin come back from this, it will be one of the greatest ever comebacks in GAA history.
  • 16:53
    Eoghan O’Gara just shot a terrible wide
  • 16:53
    Jason Gibbons replaces Richie Feeney for Mayo
  • 16:55
    62 mins – Dublin 0-13 Mayo 0-17.  Bernard Brogan converts another free.
  • 16:55
  • 16:55
    Mayo haven’t scored for over 12 minutes.
  • 16:56
    Bernard Brogan shot blocked down. Dublin unfairly win a 45. It clearly came off Kevin McManamon
  • 16:57
  • 16:57
    There are bodies strewn across the pitch now. Mostly Mayo bodies. Dublin are within three points after a Cluxton 45 conversion.
  • 16:58
  • 16:59
  • 16:59
    What a save!!! Bernard Brogan was put straight through but David Clarke’s right hand denied the Dubliner
  • 17:01
    What a miss!– Cillian O’Connor should have put Dublin out but inexplicably blasted wide.
  • 17:01
    Dublin are two points down with two minutes (plus considerable injury time) left to play.
  • 17:02
    Five minutes of injury time to play. What’s the GAA equivalent of Fergie time?....Honestly, though the second half has had a lot of stoppages.
  • 17:03
    One minute of injury time down. Four more to go.
  • 17:04
    Cillian O’Connor hasn’t missed from this sort of range all day.
  • 17:04
    O’Connor scores!

    Mayo 0-18 Dublin 0-15
  • 17:05
  • 17:05
    Craig Dias has replaced Eamon Fennell
  • 17:06
  • 17:06
    Another fracas on the pitch. Barry Moran yellow carded accordingly. Bernard Brogan scores the resulting free. Mayo 0-18 Dublin 0-16
  • 17:07
  • 17:07
    Seamus O’Shea gets the assurance point for Mayo. They lead by three points
  • 17:08
    Dublin have to go for goal here
  • 17:09
    McManamon’s shot is deflected wide. Over 76 minutes have elapsed.
  • 17:09
    Mayo win!!!
  • 17:09
  • 17:10
    It’s Mayo v Donegal on September 23rd
  • 17:10
    That was an unbelievably exciting finish. Dublin left it too late.
  • 17:12
    Full-time: Mayo 0-19 Dublin 0-16
  • 17:12
    19-16 score-line. Get your Easter Rising wordplay in now…
  • 17:13
  • 17:14
    David Clarke’s save from Bernard Brogan proved to be the pivotal moment of the second half.
  • 17:15
    And now for the very definition of a bad loser. Anthony Stokes, it’s over to you…
  • 17:15
  • 17:21
  • 17:21
    Brianom Has anthony forgotten how much time dublin and stephdn cluxton wasted taking the last free in last years final
  • 17:22
    There were genuine injuries to a lot of Mayo players but there was also some exaggeration of knocks I’m sure. Still, every team does that.
  • 17:45
    This Mayo man seems happy (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
    This Mayo man seems happy (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
  • 17:47
    Mayo manager James Horan spoke about Mayo’s victory over Dublin at Croke Park this afternoon. He had this to say:

    “Dublin got a run at us in the second half but we kept at it and kept believing and we got there in the end. We're delighted to get out of there. We’re already looking forward to the next game now.”

    “They started to get a lot of breaking ball so it was all shoulders to the pump but we kept going, we got through it. We made a few basic mistakes when they game was there but we showed real character to keep going and to come through. We’re delighted with the win and we’re really looking forward to the next day.”

    “Momentum certainly went with them. We seemed to run out of juice 15 minutes into the half and they won every breaking ball. They got eight or nine breaks in a row and that put pressure on us. Our backs in particular today defended superbly. There were a lot of goal chances but we kept them all out and that’s what won us the game in the end.”
  • 17:58
    We now know that Sam Maguire will be heading out West. The question remains whether it will be going to Mayo or Donegal.

    Mayo withstood a late Dublin comeback to progress to the final which will take place at Croke Park on September 23rd. The Westerners led by 10 points at one stage in the second half but that margin was reduced to just two points during the concluding minutes. Mayo failed to score for a large chunk of the second half but were stoically able to defend the lead they had created in the first half.

    Dublin’s comeback was valiant but arrived too late and they bow out of the Championship for another year.

    Can Mayo capture their first All-Ireland since 1951 or will Jim McGuinness’s side bridge a 20 year gap to bring Sam back to the hills of Donegal? You know where to be on September 23rd to find out.

    Before then, the All-Ireland hurling finals will be played at Croke Park next Sunday. I fully expect to see you all online next week. I’ll only worry if you don’t come back Until then...