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Mayo Needed Extra Time To Squeeze Past Cork In Absolute Thriller in Limerick

Cork 2-20 Mayo 0-27

What is it about Mayo and the Gaelic Grounds? Last time Mayo lined out at the Limerick venue there was considerable drama in their All Ireland Semi-Final Replay with Kerry and in 2017 they continued to reward (punish) their supporters with more nail-biting excitement. 

The heavy favourites looked to be absolutely cruising in the second half where at one stage they had a seven point lead over the Rebel County. Aidan O’Shea was dominant and forwards like Andy Moran and Cillian O’Connor were doing the business, however, Cork were not to be swatted away so easily – two second half goals from Sean Powter and Luke Connolly brought the southern county back into the game.

After normal time had elapsed, the sides were level and those watching proceedings were enjoying what was on offer.

After the first period of extra time, Cork had a one point advantage and all of a sudden you were thinking that this could actually be happening i.e. Mayo to be knocked out of the All Ireland Championship at the qualifier stages.

However, Mayo preserved in the face of adversity and took control in the second 10-minute period of extra time to eventually emerge 2-20 to 0-27 winners despite two late chances for Cork which were both put wide of the posts.

Rather controversially, the referee blowed the whistle with about 30 seconds remaining and some people were not happy one bit.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter