Stephen Cluxton: his kick-outs are a vital weapon in Dublin’s overall strategy. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In last Sunday’s drawn game Mayo showed how to, and how not to approach Stephen Cluxton’s scrupulous kick-out plan. In the first half(...)

Philly McMahon battles with Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea. Dublin had a plan for O’Shea and it worked well but may have have been really troubled had Barry Moran joined him in the full forward line. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was a day of high drama and tension in Croke Park. Dublin and Mayo produced a game of such extreme turning points that questions and debate will sw(...)

Dublin’s Michael Fitzsimons, Jack McCaffrey, Philly McMahon,Tomas Brady, John Small and Paul Flynn foul Colm Boyle of Mayo resulting in a late penalty. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What compels them? What is it about Mayo that requires them to take these grand, dramatic days to the brink of oblivion before they can summon the ins(...)

Andy Moran celebrates scoring a late equalising point for his side to forace a replay in the All-Ireland senior football championship semi-final between Dublin and Mayo. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Mayo 1-15 Dublin 2-12 A weird and tumultuous occasion ended up being rewound to the start, as Mayo produced an incandescent last 10 minutes –(...)

Mayo fans celebrate after their side scored a late penalty in their All-Ireland semi-final draw with Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

City and country will meet again next Saturday in Croke Park. Shades of 1985 as Dublin and Mayo clattered into one another in an absorbing and bruisin(...)

Aidan O’Shea shakes hands with Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton after the All-Ireland semi-final ends all square at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By the end, Aidan O’Shea had earned the ultimate accolade. Booed and scorned by the Hill, their dudgeon high after the latest collision between himsel(...)

Mayo’s Andy Moran fires past Stephen Cluxton in the  2013 All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

For much of the championship Mayo and Dublin have progressed routinely and any exhilaration has been tempered by the knowledge that in these games of (...)

Aidan O’Shea’s move from centrefield to full forward has helped facilitate return to last four. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Now that the sociology phase of the championship is over – ‘My poor man, how did your circumstances (your football!) become so poor? Something should (...)

Westport’s Lee Keegan will start for Mayo in their All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin in Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Mayo have made one change to the team that beat Donegal in the All-Ireland quarter-final. For Sunday’s sell-out semi-final with Dublin Chris Barrett, (...)

Dublin’s Denis Bastick: “A lot of it is mental. We are a better team. We have been improving the last few years but there is the mental factor in that.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There aren’t many 34-year-old footballers would who confidently declare himself “in the shape of his life”, and for Denis Bastick, that’s not just in (...)