Ladies All-Ireland final: Dublin v Mayo

Dublin and Mayo go at it again - this time in the Ladies football final at Croke Park

Eamon Donoghue Sun, Sep 24
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  • Hello and Welcome . . . Mayo and Dublin go at it one last time this summer in the Ladies All-Ireland senior final. Who'd wish another All-Ireland final defeat on the county of Mayo, especially after last Sunday's devasting one-point loss in the men's decider, but it's actually the Dublin ladies who have lost the last three finals in this competition. Losing to Cork by one point on two of those occasions, and two points on the other.  

    It's set to be a gripping encounter, and we'll have all the action LIVE right here. Be sure to get in touch throughout, via either the comments section ('Contact Us' tab) or on Twitter (@DonoghueEamon).  

    Less than a half hour 'till throw in, let's get started!

  • Ladies Senior All Ireland Final - Dublin v Mayo,  4.00pm

  • Teams (named):

    DUBLIN:  1. Ciara Trant (St. Brigid’s) 2. Martha Byrne (Cuala) 3. Sinéad Finnegan (Fingallians) 4. Rachel Ruddy (Ballyboden St. Enda’s) 5. Sinéad Goldrick (Foxrock Cabinteely) 6. Niamh Collins (Foxrock Cabinteely) 7. Leah Caffrey (Na Fianna) 8. Lauren Magee (Kilmacud Crokes) 9. Olwen Carey (Thomas Davis) 10. Carla Rowe (Clann Mhuire) 11. Lyndsey Davey (Skerries Harps) 12. Nicole Owens (St. Sylvester’s) 13. Sinéad Aherne Capt (St. Sylvester’s) 14. Niamh McEvoy (St. Sylvester’s) 15. Noelle Healy (St. Brigid’s)

    MAYO:  1. Yvonne Byrne (Ballyhaunis) 2. Orla Conlon (Castlebar Mitchels) 3. Sarah Tierney Capt (Hollymount) 4. Martha Carter (Carnacon) 5. Rachel Kearns (CL McHale Rovers) 6. Marie Corbett (Carnacon) 7. Fiona Doherty (Moy Davitts) 8. Aileen Gilroy (St. Brigid’s) 9. Fiona McHale (Carnacon) 10. Doireann Hughes (Carnacon) 11. Niamh Kelly (Moy Davitts) 12. Ciara Whyte (Kilmoremoy) 13. Sarah Rowe (Kilmoremoy) 14. Cora Staunton (Carnacon) 15. Grace Kelly (Moy Davitts)

  • Dublin manager - a former skills coach with DCU and the Dublin men's team Mick Bohan - has named an unchanged team from the side which eased past Kerry in the semi-finals. That means that 13 of the 15 who started last years final are back in GAA HQ 12 months later.  

    Mayo manager Frank Browne has also kept faith with the same XV who beat Cork in the semi-final - ending their surge for seven in a row. Mayo's last All-Ireland win was in 2003, and Cora Staunton, Yvonne Byrne and Martha Carter (as well as substitute Michelle McGing) remain from that team.

  • The big thing for Mayo today is to get Cora Staunton involved in the right areas; and to stop leaking goals. They've been conceding goals and goal chances all summer, while Dublin have scored 18 in their four championhsip games.  

    Dublin meanwhile need to keep Cora in isolated areas where they can commit to bunching around her. She has a scoring average 0-11 (0-6 from play) so far this summer.  

    This week's GAA Statisitcs column looks at both talking points

  • Dublin 0-0 Mayo 0-0 (1') Game on! Perfect conditions in Croke Park with the sun shining! Olwen Carey catches the throw in for the Dubs and the referee spots a foul inside for jersey-pulling
  • Dublin 0-1 Mayo 0-0 (2') Dublin captain Sinead Aherne confidently converts the resultant free. Down the other end and Doireann Hughes hits the first wide of the game
  • Dublin 0-1 Mayo 0-1 (4') Great work by Aileen Gilroy and then Grace Kelly, Cora Staunton is off the shoulder and she fists over for her first point. The two key players open the scoring for their teams
  • Dublin 0-1 Mayo 0-2 (7') What a score! Cora Staunton has just come out and kicked a free from 50m. Incredible, outside of the boot strike.
  • Dublin 0-1 Mayo 0-2 (10') Cora wins a throw ball in her ease and is fouled. Her free from about 40m is inches wide. She's in the groove today!
  • Dublin 0-2 Mayo 0-3 (11') Nicole Owens wins a free and Aherne slots her second of the game. Mayo respond via a Niamh Kelly point. Dublin have numbers back but Mayo are committing numbers at pace from deep and they are finding the gaps
  • Dublin 0-4 Mayo 0-4 (15') Another Aherne free is cancelled out by some more Cora Staunton brilliance. She has three defenders on her as she gathers possession on the edge of the square - but she's so composed. She makes her angle and then floats her effort high and over the bar.  

    Aherne responds with Dublin's first point from play, a fisted effort.

  • Dublin 0-5 Mayo 0-4 (17') Aherne wins a free to the left off the posts, gets up, dusts herself off, and floats it over. She's keeping Dublin in this (and they really are growing into it), with 0-5 (0-4f).

  • Dublin 1-5 Mayo 0-5 (19') Mayo press up high and turn Dublin over coming out of defence, and Grace Kelly is at the end of the counter to float over a lovely left footed effort.

    But Dublin respond with GOALLL. Niamh McEvoy is at the end of a handpassing move to score her team's 19th goal in their 5 game sso far this summer.

  • Dublin 1-6 Mayo 0-6 (22')  Cora responds to the goal with a free to settle Mayo, but McEvoy follows on from her goal with a well taken point. Mayo are on top but they need to let that show on the scoreboard as Dublin have more goals in them

  • Aherne is left one on one with Mayo 'keeper Yvonne Byrne - tries to round her but gets tripped. Yellow card and penalty. The Mayo goalkeeper saved a penalty against Cork, this is a big moment . . .  
  • The sub goalie comes in for Byrne's sin-binning and saves the penalty!!
  • Dublin 1-6 Mayo 0-6 (27')  The penalty was right at Aisling Tarpey, but still, brilliant stuff. She was just on the field. And for Mayo a real let-off. They've been wide open at the back all summer, so it's a bit late to change now, but they have to do something  - Niamh McEvoy has just ran through and hit the post. Another let-off!!

  • HT Dublin 1-6 Mayo 0-6 -  Mayo down to 13 (Rachel Kearns was also sinbinned). But they are hanging in there. They've hit seven wides to Dublin's two and before the chaos of the final five minutes they were on top. But they need to be building a nice lead, as Dublin will score another goal(s). They looked like scoring them when Mayo had 15 players, never mind 13.

    A very exciting first half, Cora's monster free being the highlight. More of the same in the second please!

  • Attendance  at Croke Park today is 46, 286. That's 12,000 more than the previous record. A massive achievement for ladies football, but an even better achievement is the standard of play we are seeing; in terms of point-taking, fitness levels.

    The teams are back out for the second half so let's hope the fans see more of the same . . .

  • Dublin 1-7 Mayo 0-6 (30') Second half is underway! As they did in the first half, Dublin win the throw-in and open the scoring via a Sinead Aherne free. The free was awarded after a goal chance in the advantage went inches wide!

  • Dublin 1-7 Mayo 0-6 (33') Cora's free - from a tricky angle for a right footer to the right of the posts - goes wide. Wide number eight for Mayo and most of them have been from the veteran

  • Staunton wins another throw ball, goes at the heart of the Mayo defence and pops off to Sarah Rowe but her shot drops short. And that is followed up by a 10th Mayo wide via Fioan McHale.  

    Mayo are then restored to 14 players as Yvonne Byrne returns to goalkeeper duty.

  • Dublin 1-7 Mayo 0-7 (37') Staunton floats over a free before Noelle Healy misses a very straightforward goal chance. She pulls her shot to the left and wide. Dublin have missed some amount of goal chances, as Cork did against Mayo in the semi

  • Dublin 1-8 Mayo 0-7 (40') Aherne keeps two scores between the teams. Down the other end the Mayo wide count goes up to 11.

    Amy Dowling is on for Ciara Whyte.

  • Dublin 1-9 Mayo 0-8 (43') Sarah Rowe to the fore as Mayo - back to 15 players - reduce the lead to three points via an Aileen Gilroy point, but only for a minute as Aherne slots over another Dublin free.

  • Dublin 1-9 Mayo 0-9 (47')  Mayo intensity levels really gone up a notch these last few minutes. But Dublin have numbers back in defence which is forcing them to shoot from further afield. 13 miutes left as Cora Staunton does just that - on the turn from about 35m out on the left.

  • Dublin 1-10 Mayo 0-9 (48')  Carla Rowe is having a brilliant game. She puts four in it with a fine solo run and finish at the end of it

  • Dublin 1-10 Mayo 0-10 (50')  Grace Kelly keeps Mayo ticking with a lovely curled effort.

    Sarah McCaffrey, sister of Jack, comes on and she might be able to put this away

  • Dublin 2-10 Mayo 0-10 (52') She does exactly that. Sarah McCaffrey at the end of a Dublin counter attack, blasts the ball to the roof of the Mayo net

  • Dublin 2-10 Mayo 0-10 (54')  Six minutes left and Mayo need six points or two goals . . . Fiona McHale is fouled, Dublin mouthing brings the free in and Cora goes for goal but it's deflected out for a 45

  • Dublin 3-11 Mayo 0-10 (56')  The resultant 45 comes to nothing, and Dublin again kill Mayo on the counter. Brilliant work by Nicole Owens sets up Sinead Goldrick - she's fouled and Aherne scores the free. And then the excellent Carla Rowe sticks the ball in the bottom right corner of the Mayo net!!

    That should be that!

  • Dublin 4-11 Mayo 0-10 (58')  Terrible Mayo restart leads to another Dublin attack, it's fisted across the goal and McCaffrey palms in another goal. It's cruel on Mayo but the writing has been on the wall. Dublin could've scored 10 goals today

  • FT Dublin 4-11 Mayo 0-11 - Cora Staunton points a free in the final moments, but as expected before the game, goals win it for Dublin. Two All-Ireland final defeats in as many Sundays for Mayo. But Dublin deserved this. They've lost the last three finals in a row and today they refused to make it four.  

    And that's the double for Mayo!

  • So that's that . . . Dublin are women's and men's All-Ireland senior champions in 2017. The Dubs scored 22 goals in five championship games and they were by a distance the best team in the country this year. A wonderful day for ladies football with 42,286 at Croke Park and a great way to wrap up the summer's football.

    Match report and analysis to follow from Malachy Clerkin. Until then, thanks for joining us.