All-Ireland SFC final: Dublin v Mayo

It's the last day of summer as defending champions the Dubs meet the men from the west in Croke Park

Patrick Madden Sun, Sep 17
LIVE: All-Ireland SFC final: Dublin v Mayo

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  • Good afternoon!

    Welcome to our coverage of the 2017 All-Ireland SFC final.

    Less than 12 hours after Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez couldn't be split in Las Vegas, it's time for the two true pound for pound kings to step into the ring.

    In one corner stand Dublin. Jim Gavin's side are back-to-back champions and seeking a third straight title. They are the cream of the crop and the standard bearers of a generation.

    But opposite them today stand Mayo - a side whose resolve, resilience and refusal to be bowed is surely unparalleled by any team in any sport in any corner of the globe.

    These are two truly great teams and two truly great stories - but today only one can reach the fairytale ending it deserves.

    The summer has nearly slipped by - time for a rousing crescendo.

    Throw-in is at 3.30.

    Come on!!!


    Dublin: Stephen Cluxton (Parnells); Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams), Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes), Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala); Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna), John Small (Ballymun Kickhams), Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf); Brian Fenton (Raheny), James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams); Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock), Con O’Callaghan (Cuala), Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge St.); Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes), Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s), Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams).

    Mayo: David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Com Boyle (Davitts); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Tom Parsons (Charlestown); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen).

  • In the minor final we are being treated to a frightning glimpse of the future, with Kerry leading 4-9 to 0-6 against Derry courtesy of a David Clifford masterclass. He's scored two and made two.
  • Some pre-match reading?

    You can read Roscommon manager Kevin McStay's views on today's game HERE.  

    Seán Moran edges towards the Dubs in his match preview which you can read HERE.

    And Malachy Clerkin has looked back on the top 30 moments of the football summer - no prizes which two sides dominate the list. You can read that HERE.

  • That's the hat-trick for Clifford. He's phenomenal.

    Kerry winning 6-10 to 1-7 with 48 minutes gone. Gulp.

  • The great Stephen Cluxton can win his fifth All-Ireland title today, and cracking the kick-out code will be key to Mayo's aspirations.

    The Dubs have won a staggering 83 of Cluxton's 96 kick outs this summer, and even at 35 he remains at his metronomic best.

    Eamon Donoghue has deconstructed the Cluxton kickout in his latest GAA statistics column - have a read of that HERE.

  • Mayo and Dublin summers thus far could hardly have been more different.  

    The Dubs have strolled into today's final, romping predictably through Leinster and then brushing aside Monaghan before beating Tyrone with alarming ease. Gavin's side are yet to be truly tested this summer and you get the impression they still have plenty of gears to slide through.

    Mayo on the other hand have been through the mixer - and today is their 10th championship fixture. But while it has been a gruelling campaign it wasn't until the quarter-final replay against Roscommon that Stephen Rochford's side began to approach their best - and they seem to have come to the boil at just the right time.

    It is fascinatingly poised.

  • Kerry are minor champions again after a 6-17 to 1-8 thrashing of Derry.

    Just the 4-4 for Clifford.

  • Who are you backing today? Where are you watching? Get in touch!
  • Plenty of rumours flying around but as it stands there have been no official changes to either side.
  • Weather is set fair in Dublin - ideal conditions.
  • Dublin's strength in depth is such Gavin has been able to leave Diarmuid Connolly out of his starting line-up today - and it is the quality of the Dublin replacements which could prove the difference.


    A change apiece - Eoghan O'Gara replaces Niall Scully for Dublin, while for Mayo Paddy Durcan comes in for Diarmuid O'Connor.

  • Conspiracy theories abound as Diarmuid Connolly warms up in a sleeveless vest rather than his Dubs shirt, like the rest of the Dublin bench. Make of that what you want.  
  • Apparently warming up in a tank top means Connolly is in Gavin's bad books and won't get on the pitch today. Probably more likely he just wanted to show his arms off.
  • We're nearly there - how are the nerves?
  • Michael D. Higgins is out to meet the players.
  • The sun is shining now, moments to go.
  • Plumes of thick blue smoke coming off the Hill, Croke Park is crackling.
  • Time for  the anthem.
  • Referee Joe McQuillan has the ball in hand. One last huddle.



  • 1 min: Aidan O'Shea wins the ball and bursts into the Dublin half, the ball is recycled to Jason Doherty who goes wide. Mayo push up on Cluxton. Dublin 0-0 Mayo 0-0
  • GOAL DUBLIN!!!!!!
  • 2 min: What a goal, but it's poor Mayo defending. Dublin have ownership of the ball and Con O'Callaghan bursts towards goal, slaloming between the Mayo cover and slipping a cute finish passed David Clarke. Paddy Andrews goes wide from the next play but Dublin are off like a train. Dublin 1-0 Mayo 0-0
  • 4 min: Jack McCaffrey drops after a challenge from Keith Higgins and the break in play will be well received by Mayo, who have been blitzed thus far. Looks like Lee Keegan is picking up Ciaran Kilkenny. McCaffrey in a bit of bother and he's getting treatment - looks like his knee. Dublin 1-0 Mayo 0-0
  • 6 min: Mayo are on the board and it's Andy Moran with a lovely point. Mayothen attack the Dublin kickout and turn it over, Donal Vaughan bursting forward and slotting a point. Great passage for Mayo. Dublin 1-0 Mayo 0-2
  • 7 min: Mayo have settled now and every touch is met with a huge roar. Durcan fouls Paul Mannion on the right - Dean Rock pulls a tricky free wide on the left. McCaffrey replaced by Paul Flynn. Dublin 1-0 Mayo 0-2
  • 10 min: Dean Rock over a 45 - poor connection and it's short and wide. Dublin 1-0 Mayo 0-2
  • 11 min: Dogged work from Doherty in midfield and Mayo are on the attack. It's neat build-up until McLoughlin spills the ball and Dublin counter but a loose ball from Flynn goes out on the right. Plenty of niggle in this - Dublin 10 minutes without a score. Dublin 1-0 Mayo 0-2
  • 13 min: Brilliant work from Parsons, tracking McCarthy and turning him over. Good play from Higgins and McLoughlin slots a big, dipping point. Lee Keegan has a chance to put Mayo ahead but the ball drops under the bar and into the arms of Cluxton. Dublin 1-0 Mayo 0-3
  • 15 min: O'Gara spurns a goal chance but is first to the loose ball and makes amends with a point. Dublin 1-1 Mayo 0-3
  • 16 min: Durcan makes the space on the inside but draggs his effort wide - Mayo can't cough up chances like that. But then Rock also drops a simple enough chance short, both sides profligate. Mannion booked for a heavy challenge on Boyle. Dublin 1-1 Mayo 0-3
  • 18 min: A third Mayo wide, from Moran. Dublin 1-1 Mayo 0-3
  • 19 min: Cian O'Sullivan with a foul off the ball on Aidan O'Shea. Jonny Cooper is on the deck and Cillian O'Connor takes advantage, jinking and scoring. Parsons then wins the Dublin kickout on halfway - Andy Moran plops a point over on the angle, lovely score. Mayo have the lead for the first time. Dublin 1-1 Mayo 0-5
  • 22 min: Mayo are right in Dublin's faces, but a soft foul from Donal Vaughan gives the Dubs a free. Rock has missed two chances, but this one is regulation. All square. Dublin 1-2 Mayo 0-5
  • 23 min: Andy Moran is on fire - great take, great strength and a nice finish. Mayo then win the Dublin kickout again and Doherty slots a stunning point on the run. We have a serious game on our hands. Dublin 1-2 Mayo 0-7
  • 25 min: John Small steadies the ship for Dublin with a good point. Dublin's forward line yet to catch fire. Dublin 1-3 Mayo 0-7
  • 26 min: A patient spell of Mayo possession - 14 blue shirts packed behind the ball. Eventually Cooper muscles Vaughan off the ball - no free. Dublin counter and Rock scores on the angle. Keegan is in the book. Dublin 1-4 Mayo 0-7
  • 29 min: Mayo have really grown in confidence and are retaining the ball well. Probing play from Mayo and then Doherty seizes his chance and splits the post.  Dublin 1-4 Mayo 0-8
  • 30 min: Mayo win two consecutive Cluxton kick outs. The underdogs are well on top in midfield. Theree's a foul on a surging McLoughlin by Cian O'Sullivan. O'Connor's first free and he goes wide from inside the 45. Has to take those. Dublin 1-4 Mayo 0-8
  • 32 min: Paul Flynn with a wide that doesn't threaten the posts. Some brooding faces on the Dubs bench. Dublin 1-4 Mayo 0-8
  • 35 min: Dublin's turn to hog the ball, Mayo are matching up well though and there's little penetration. Mannion dribbles on the floor and kicks the turf, allowing Mayo to break. O'Connor has a go from the 45 and it comes down with snow on it - but it's easy for Cluxton. Dublin 1-4 Mayo 0-8
  • 37 min: Now that's a point. Lovely Mayo build-up and Boyle laces a beautiful effort from 30 metres. Moments later Kilkenny is on the floor after colliding with Andrews - but Dublin are somehow awarded a free in. Rochford is perplexed and it's easy to see why. Huge free for Rock this, it's just inside the 45. Dublin 1-4 Mayo 0-9
  • 39 min: Rock is over the free for an age - and he then curls it inside the far post. Dublin 1-5 Mayo 0-9
  • HT: DUBLIN 1-5 MAYO 0-9
  • A gripping half, and since that early Dublin goal it's been Mayo. Dublin's forwards yet to click into gear and it probably won't be long until Gavin calls for the cavalry off the bench.  
  • Dublin have lost six Cluxton kickouts in that first half.
  • Double sub for the Dubs - Kevin McManamon on for Paddy Andrews, and Diarmuid Connolly on for Eoghan O'Gara.
  • Dublin are out, and here come Mayo.

    It's time for the last act of the summer.

  • We're back underway!!
  • 35 min: Flying start for the Dubs, Mannion with a good point after MCarthy won the ball from the throw-in. Dublin 1-6 Mayo 0-9
  • 36 min: Nearly an instant response from Mayo but Doherty goes wide when he really should score. Again, Mayo can't afford to fritter away chances like that. Dublin 1-6 Mayo 0-9
  • 37 min: Great pass from Aidan O'Shea into Doherty and he's smothered by three blue shirts but earns a free in for a tug on his shirt. Regulation chance for Cillian O'Connor and he makes no mistake. Dublin 1-6 Mayo 0-10
  • 40 min: Slicker from Dublin - a good ball into Mannion and he slips it off to Rock who burst off the shoulder and splits the posts from the angle. And then Kevin McManamon nails a great point and Dublin lead again. Dublin 1-8 Mayo 0-10
  • 41 min: Vital interception in midfield sees Mayo win it back just as Dublin were beginning to rumble upfield. Patient Mayo build-up but it's fruitless. McManamon then turns Durcan and goes wide from the left. The momentum has definitely shifted. Dublin 1-8 Mayo 0-10
  • 43 min: What a chance!!! Andy Moran slips in Doherty and he's one on one with Cluxton but drills it at a saveable height and the opportinuty is gone. Doherty earns a free from the rebound which O'Connor slots but that should have been a goal. Crucial moment. Dublin 1-8 Mayo 0-11
  • 44 min: Another huge moment as Mannion is through but his low effort is saved by Clarke, who sticks out a big left boot to keep it out. Mannion picks up the scraps and gets a point but again a golden chance was spurned there. Dublin 1-9 Mayo 0-11
  • 48 min:  John Small checks Boyle very late - Vaughan then steams in and drops Small with his shoulder. It's a second yellow for Small, and a straight red for Vaughan! Both sides down to 14 men as we approach the business end. Dublin 1-9 Mayo 0-11
  • 50 min: Lovely play from Cillian O'Connor who cuts inside and tries to slide in Doherty - but it's a brilliant read from Cooper who intercepts. The scores have dried up a bit now, it's so, so tense. Dublin 1-9 Mayo 0-11
  • 51 min: Patient, clinical move from Dublin which ends with Fenton stroking one over. Change for Mayo - Diarmuid O'Connor in for Seamus O'Shea. O'Connor on the ball instantly and he's fouled by Fenton - earning a free in which brother Cillian slots. Dublin 1-10 Mayo 0-12
  • 53 min: Dublin punch straight back through an unmarked James McCarthy. Ominous. Dublin 1-11 Mayo 0-12
  • GOAL MAYO!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 54 min: Lee Keegan!!!! Andy Moran picks up a ball from Cillian O'Connor and plays in a surging Keegan, who looks up and then absolutely buries it past Cluxton. Croke Park lets out a guttural, ground-shaking roar.  Dublin 1-11 Mayo 1-12
  • 56 min: Stephen Coen in for Colm Boyle. Monster score from Diarmuid Connolly to level things up again, great point. But then McLoughlin strikes back!!!  Dublin 1-12 Mayo 1-13
  • 58 min: Dean Rock wriggles to the endline and back inside, before fisting it over the bar. Level for the ninth time. Dublin 1-13 Mayo 1-13
  • 59 min: A poor wide from Andy Moran with plenty of options available to him. Brilliant defensive work from Barrett who marshalls O'Callaghan superbly and stops a dangerous Dublin attack. Great ball in to Cillian O'Connor who turns McMahon and nails the score. Dublin 1-13 Mayo 1-14
  • 60 min: Barrett again, dispossessing Rock and setting up a Mayo counter. There's an opening and Keegan is hauled to the ground - shouts for a penalty but Mayo have to settle for the free in. Cillian O'Connor takes the point and Mayo lead by two. Conor Loftus is on for Moran.  Dublin 1-13 Mayo 1-15
  • 64 min: Stunning from Mannion, slaloming through three tacklers and taking the point from a very narrow angle. Dublin 1-14 Mayo 1-15
  • 65 min: Dublin win the Mayo kickout, new man Bernard Brogan feeds James McCarthy who sneaks it inside the right hand post. Level, again. Dublin 1-15 Mayo 1-15
  • 66 min: Loftus is brought down by Kilkenny but Mayo are denied a free. There's a scrappy passage and Dublin emerge with it. Barrett then misses a tackle on Rock, who is through on goal and takes a point to get Dublin's noses back in front - but then Cillian O'Connor equalises with a monster! Dublin 1-16 Mayo 1-16
  • 69 min: Huge defence from Mayo and Higgins to keep Dublin at bay. There have been some heoric performances today. Dublin 1-16 Mayo 1-16
  • 70 min: Mayo sideline ball - it's played down the line to O'Connor but he is tugged off the ball by Fitzsimons. Free for Mayo and O'Connor - in the same spot he missed from in last year's final. Huge, huge monent - and he hits the post! Dublin 1-16 Mayo 1-16
  • 72 min: Patient build-up from Dublin and Brogan has space to shoot - but Higgins maks a huge block. Both players are out on their feet now. Mayo break and then McManamon makes a huge interception! This is so, so close. Dublin 1-16 Mayo 1-16
  • 73 min: Diarmuid Connolly goes for glory but it drifts well wide. Dublin 1-16 Mayo 1-16
  • 74 min: Huge kick out for Clarke - Dublin pick it off. Dublin break and Connolly is fouled! Free for Dublin, 45 metres out. This could be to win the All-Ireland. Dublin 1-16 Mayo 1-16
  • 76 min: Rock over the free, less than a minute to go...he gets it! Dublin 1-17 Mayo 1-16
  • 77 min: Black card for Kilkenny as he tussles with Keegan off the ball. Mayo have maybe a minute left - but Clarke's kickout is out for a Dublin sideline ball. Dublin 1-17 Mayo 1-16
  • 78 min: Dublin possession. The ball is back with Cluxton. Dublin 1-17 Mayo 1-16
  • FT: DUBLIN 1-17 MAYO 1-16


  • Sport at its brilliant, enthralling, cruel and fantastic best. How do Mayo pick themselves up year after year? Heartbreaking.
  • Right, thanks for joining today and throughout the summer. For Dublin, the party will last all week. For Mayo, there's a long, long winter ahead. But, they will be back - they always are.