I think somebody started this in the actual final thread, looking at various decisions & talking points. I think it’s very interesting to look at it all in detail, especially in the light of all the controversies, claims, and counter claims. I’m going to look at the scores in this post, in the replay. I think the drawn game can be gone over too, as a comparison would be very enlightening.
Around 3 mins 45: Dublin work the ball forward in typical fashion, Mayo generally closing down the man with the ball very well, Kevin carries into traffic and breaks some of the tackles/goes past a couple of men. Is fouled, advantage played, no further real progress as Flynn runs into heavy traffic, close-in free given & scored.
(That came from Small winning hard ball, and Dermo’ making an incisive run)
Around 4.50: Rock does what he so often does best, and what makes him so often effective from play - he finds space, drifting off the tight marking momentarily and then after he gets a nice pass turns and shoots quickly over his shoulder with his marker moving in fast, doing full-block attempt, for a very good score.
(That one all came from Cluxton finding one of the backs with a clever little pass under pressure, then on to COS unmarked, who then hit a nice pass which bounced awkwardly towards CK. He did really well to win it and then beat his marker, make the incision and hit a clever pass to Rock.)
About 5.20: Dublin break a long kickout and swarm over the breaking ball. Kevin gets it and is left move along unmarked as he appears to be too far out at a bad angle (though the marking still appears loose). This was a bit lax by Mayo backs as he does what he did quite a few times this summer, strokes over a beautiful score (though was probably meaning to go for a goal ).
About 6.00: Dublin turn over ball in midfield, Kevin does a lovely lift, hits a dangerous quick ball in towards CK, tightly marked, cleverly gets a hand to it to knock it on to guess who? Rock who once again drifted off his marker and was through on goal. Experience of recent years seemed to make him choose discretion as the better part of valour.
(I do wonder why lads like Rock in that sort of position with no covering backs really near the keeper don’t try to side-step/dummy for a clear goal chance).
About 6.50: Mayo score a super point after DOC wins a free long ball to the middle, then a really good long lateral pass to Vaughan, and a cracking finish by Durcan. Game on!
I’ve made a breakthrough on the John Small ‘Black Card’ incident. I watched it frame by frame because my first impression was the attempted grab at Morans upper leg did not make enough contact, barely any, certainly not enough to trip him.
Then I thought he must have caught the trailing left ankle. Not so! Whether he tried to or not is unclear, and irrelevant, his left hand made no contact with the ankle, and Moran then dived.
When you think about it, it makes sense because a Dublin back was across to cover anyway. By the way, did AOS smirk at Small just before the ref’s decision? It came from a Small fumble of course (poor Hennelly got a penno & black card against him for a similar thing though)
Anybody know why… At 8.05: …COC gets the ball moved right in front of the posts for a simple free? Couldn’t see much if any dissent etc.
About 10:15: Very soft free given to Moran, revenge on Small by ref? COC steals about 5-10 yards for the free, well taken.
About 12:20: AOS wins turnover ball (Cooper fumble), then a clever ball by Parsons to Moran who bamboozles COS, (is COS getting slower/struggling to cover/mark? He was caught at least twice leading to 1-1), and kicks a lovely score,