A look back at Mayo’s incredible run to the final, including storming 2012 champions Donegal in the quarter finals. The Heather county are in their second All-Ireland final in a row but can they lift Sam for the first time since 1951?
Mayo kickstarted their All-Ireland campaign off in style with the demolition of Galway.
Mayo may have been helped by the fact Galway ended with 13 men on the field but there was no doubt Mayo showed real intent of putting last year’s heartbreak behind them.
The scoreline may not prove as effective as the Galway result but Mayo eased into the final with a confident win over a poor Roscommon side.
Roscommon did stay in touch with Mayo for the first half but Mayo completely outplayed their opponents in the second half with six early unanswered points.
Twelve players got their name on the score-sheet for Mayo as a great team performance put Mayo into the Connacht final with a 12 point cushion.
With London causing an upset to reach the final, little people predicted a London victory in this one. Mayo fans expected a landslide victory and James Horan’s side didn’t disappoint.
The O’Shea brothers enjoyed possession in the centre with Aidan particularly impressive as Mayo sailed to their third Connacht title in a row with a 16 point win.
It was meant to be the quarter final too close to call but in the end Mayo crushed 2012 All-Ireland champions Donegal by 16 points.
The Connacht champions dominated from the out-set as a shambolic Donegal side failed to score until after a half-hour of play.
Cillian O’Connor and Donal Vaughan goals gave Mayo a 12 point lead at the break and while many expected Donegal to come out fighting, Mayo simply brushed them aside.
O’Connor scored another two to bag a second hat-trick in two games and while Aidan O’Shea didn’t get on the scoresheet, the player was mightily impressive in the centre of the park.
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Semi final: Mayo 1-16 v Tyrone 0-13
Nobody seemed to give Tyrone a chance heading into this one, but Mickey Harte’s side held their own and actually led heading into half-time.
Joe Brolly was particularly vocal about Tyrone’s tactics in the previous game against Monaghan but at the end of the day, the better footballing side won as Mayo survived a scare to book their place in the final.
Despite a edgy first half, Mayo completely dominated the second with Alan Freeman scoring from a penalty to put Mayo in front.
No longer chasing the game, Mayo resorted into familiar territory and completely outplayed the Red Hand to clinch a six point win, their lowest margin of the season.
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