The head-clash was symptomatic of the chaotic nature of Mayos performance, lots of passion but lacking control. Soon as I saw that clash, and the lack of awareness of both players when it was clearly coming from a mile off, I thought yis aren’t going to win this. Against a Kerry team that still had a number of very talented, very experienced players.
Truth be told that semifinal was lost, and massive damage mentally done, when yis allowed Donkey and JOD to smash and grab in the drawn game. Where was the smart and win at all costs defending that was learned the hard way from 2011-2013? Not learned, even allowing for tiredness from playing with 14 men heroically for so long.
As regards the debate about how Mayo do relatively speaking so well in championship games Vs Dublin, to me it’s clear they are very good and extremely physical around most of the field when they play at top intensity, they have little or no fear when playing against us, and they have worked out an excellent way of playing us that nullifies enough of our strengths to make the games huge contests. But their forwards haven’t been quite good enough overall, in the closest games especially (2016, and 17). Their team was overall not good enough 2013, well behind in 2015, unlucky in the first game in 2016. In 2014 they were good enough in a footballing sense to beat Kerry but mentally and tactically not so