John Small

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Referee Maurice Deegan black cards Lee Keegan of Mayo. Photo: James Crombi/Inpho

1: Robert Hennelly is straightaway walking on thin ice: Come throw-in, the dogs on Jones’ Road knew Mayo were swapping goalkeepers, Hennelly starting(...)

Diarmuid Connolly celebrates with the Sam Maguire Cup after Dublin’s victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland SFC Final Replay at Croke Park. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin 1-15 Mayo 1-14 What a cruel and wonderful GAA world we live in. Dublin have retained the All-Ireland. The first county to keep Sam Maguire sin(...)

Aidan O’Shea of Mayo tackles Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny during the drawn All-Ireland final at Croke Park two weeks ago. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

After the drawn All-Ireland final I couldn’t help wondering about Dublin. They have been on the road now for a long time, demolishing so many opponent(...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton chases  Donal Vaughan in the drawn All-Ireland final. Dublin’s reliance on young players such as  Fenton, Small and Kilkenny was evident two weeks ago.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin were creaking, anyone could see it. There were 53 minutes gone when Andy Moran’s snapshot at the Canal End found the netting behind the crossba(...)

Dublin’s John Small has impressed this year, but the absence of Jack McCaffrey is still felt. Photographs: Both Cathal Noonan/Inpho

For 54 minutes of the All-Ireland final draw two weeks’ ago, the reigning champions were minus half of last summer’s winning backline. That’s minus t(...)

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper and Mayo’s Andy Moran will most likely be renewing acquaintances in the replayed All-Ireland final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

I found myself thinking of the Dublin and Mayo supporters this week. At least the players have had their training and planning to get on with. The peo(...)

Mayo’s Donal Vaughan is tackled by Dublin’s Brian Fenton in Sunday’s draw: “Nothing stings like turning up in an All-Ireland final and letting it pass you by.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As a player, the feeling after a drawn All-Ireland final is unique. There is no game in your career that you have put more of yourself into; then all (...)

Mayo’s Lee Keegan and Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly: “Connolly is a frightening proposition and the way Lee coped with him was impressive.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sunday’s All-Ireland final will be spoken about for many years because all of us in Croke Park left the stadium wondering if we could believe – or tr(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy battles with Aidan O’Shea of Mayo during the All-Ireland senior football championship final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Mayo needed a game like this much more than Dublin. Mayo will have the advantage in the replay now, and they will have gained great confidence. If it(...)

Process that! Not so much a football match as Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Gaelic football may belong now to the laboratory of tactical analys(...)

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