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Can Mayo go all the way to All-Ireland glory after crushing Kerry?

Mayo players and fans celebrate after yesterday's victory over Dublin in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture by Seamus Loughran
From Andy Watters at Croke Park

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final replay: Mayo 2-16 Kerry 0-17

IS Mayo All-Ireland glory written in the stars?

After all they’ve come through this season and all their near misses in the recent past perhaps it is.

But if this finally is their year Mayo’s success will be earned by skill, heart and the sweat of their brows, not handed to them by some twist of fate.

On Saturday, the neversaydie westerners passed another massive test with a fully deserved win over Kerry in a semi-final replay they bossed from the first whistle to the last.

Kerry: B Kelly; S Enright, J Lyne (0-1), K Young; P Crowley, T Morley, P Murphy; D Moran, J Barry (0-1); S O’Brien, J Buckley (0-1), D Walsh; P Geaney (0-9, 0-8 frees), K Donaghy, T O’Sullivan

Subs: D O’Sullivan for J Buckley (h-t), J O’Donoghue (0-4, 0-2 frees) for D Walsh (h-t), F Fitzgerald (0-1) for Enright (39), M Griffin for K Young (51), BJ Keane for T O’Sullivan (63)

Black card: D O'Sullivan replaced by J Savage (45)

Mayo: D Clarke; B Harrison, D Vaughan, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Barrett (0-1), C Boyle; S O’Shea, T Parsons; K McLoughlin (0-2), A O’Shea, D O’Connor (1-0); J Doherty (0-3, 0-2 frees, 0-1 45), C O’Connor (0-6 frees), A Moran (1-1)

Subs: P Durcan (0-1) for Vaughan (ht), C Loftus (0-2) for D O’Connor (ht), S Coen for S O’Shea (61), D Kirby for Boyle (69), G Cafferkey for Barrett (74)

Black card: C O’Connor was replaced by C O’Shea (52)

Referee: David Gough (Meath).


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