Poor Mayo. Poor, poor Mayo. I'm sure the last thing they want now is sympathy but it's hard not to feel for them on yet another All-Ireland final loss. Even Galway lads might experience a pang this week for their neighbours.
Mayo brought one of the best teams to a replay and still at the final whistle were just pipped by a single point. Beaten by a better team and in some ways, possibly beaten by themselves.
When Mayo and the Dubs meet, the eye is always drawn to the Lee Keegan v Diarmuid Connolly battle. The most naturally gifted footballer of our generation against the tightest of markers. More often than not it's Keegan who has come out on top.
I created an illustration (above in GIF form, below in original form) based on their duel, on the premise that whoever came out on top may well lead to their team claiming the Sam Maguire. In the illustration, I have the "mountain" that Mayo must climb illustrated in the profile of Diarmuid Connolly's head and famous jawline. The jaw may be more pronounced than real life but only slightly so! His marker, Lee keegan is seen hanging off the cliff face, trying to reach the summit where he could finally get his hands on the Sam Maguire.
There is a mountain goat just below him, chewing a Dublin jersey - a nod back to the drawn game where Connolly was left with his jersey in shreds.
I had a leaning towards Mayo before both games. I feel we were robbed of what may have turned out to be the greatest of clashes in the Keegan and Connolly saga. Keegan had notched ahead in this battle, scoring a superb goal before the ridiculous black card intervened and left Connolly without his admirable foe.
Dublin turned the screw and sent on the best of their bench to reclaim the cup for the second year running.
Mayo are left dangling for yet another year.