The incredible way Dublin Fire Brigade is marking All-Ireland Final day

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

So many new records were set on this most historic afternoon for a magnificent bunch of players and under a brilliant leader, Jim Gavin, who now joins a corps d'elite of football bosses who have won four or more All-Ireland titles.

That means there is still no place in the team for Diarmuid Connolly, who came off the bench late on against Tyrone.

The Dubs fought back however and after Cillian O'Connor hit the post from an injury time free, Rock made the most of his chance to seal the win.

No team in the country can rival Dublin's staggering financial resources or playing numbers. Heartbreakingly, this is now the second year in a row they've lost by one point to Dublin in the final, though they gave a heroic effort today that's nothing to regret. The team's top scorer from play this summer, O'Callaghan (1-12), is named at 11 and Scully will wear 12 in his first All-Ireland final in his debut senior season. Perhaps the words of the late Seamus Heaney can offer them some solace as they make the long journey back to the west.

Far too many of Cluxton's kicks out were gathered in the middle of the park by an aggressive Mayo spine that has looked more awake to the game than Dublin, with Lee Keegan keeping CiarĂ¡n Kilkenny quiet throughout the 35.

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