Mayo’s spirit was never broken as they eventually end Dublin era

Serial champions’ winning streak seemed as if it would continue forever ... until it did not

Mayo’s Jordan Flynn celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mayo’s Jordan Flynn celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

House on fire. Because Mayo keep on turning up, it was always likely that they would be the team to draw Dublin’s six-year All-Ireland conquering tear to a close.

The All-Ireland champions went down in flames on a rainy, unforgettable Saturday night. It finished 0-17 to 0-14 and in the end, the house that had looked unimpeachable for the best part of a decade was torn asunder in mere minutes. This was not the rich operatic classic these two counties have produced before: it was too untidy and wild and spiteful for that. But for all that, it contained the usual magnificence of spirit.

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