What a cracking game we were treated to this afternoon in Croke Park. The 2017 All-Ireland final between Dublin and Mayo certainly did not disappoint.
Dublin have completed an historic three in-a-row with victory by the slimmest of margins, while Mayo’s 66 years of hurt will stretches to become 67, at least.
Here are our top three performers from the thrilling showdown:
The Mayo stalwart has to be in the running for Footballer of The Year.
He is a hero for the people of Mayo and Gaelic football fans the country over. Showing us all age is just a number, Moran notched 0-03 for himself in today’s first half and assisted Lee Keegan’s 54th minute net rattler.
Mr. Reliable worked tirelessly up front for the Connacht outfit before being withdrawn as a result of exhaustion to a standing ovation at Croke Park.
Every time Moran touched the ball throughout this 2017 campaign he looked dangerous and today was no different.
Agaim today he proved himself as the true leader of his county, although on the wrong side of the result, again.
Rock was the top scoring Dublin forward and displayed yet again why he is regarded as one of the best forwards in the game.
Essentially the match winner with his ice-cool free-kick at the death in front of the Canal End, a tally of 0-07 has from one player can not be understated on the biggest day of the year.
His efficient decision to fist the ball over the bar rather than attempt to raise a green flag when clean through on goal with only minutes remaining vindicated him and proved the composure of this super Dublin side.
The Ballymun Kickhams attacker was consistently a threat throughout and represented what is the antidote for every successful team, a lethal finisher.
With a performance that may have went under the radar, Rock’s clubmate put in a shift in the middle of the park which was truly the launching pad for Dublin’s 1-17 total today.
The midfield battle is a key component to the outcome of any match, particularly a match as tight as this afternoon’s final.
McCarthy covered every blade of grass and admitted such in his post-match interview. Speaking to RTÉ, he said “I’ve never played in a match that tough, to be honest.”
To be fair, every participant in GAA HQ today would surely agree with him.
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