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WATCH: Dublin are the All-Ireland Football Champions for sixth consecutive year

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

18:45 19 Dec 2020

For the sixth consecutive year, the Sam Maguire will not be leaving the capital as Dublin have once again won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. 

Dessie Farrell's side beat Mayo 2-14 to 0-15 at Croke Park on Saturday evening.

Dean Rock found the back of the net for the Boys in Blue after just 12 seconds, the fastest ever goal in an All-Ireland final while Con O'Callaghan also tapped one in in front of an empty Hill 16.

For many, this game was expected to be a walk in the park for Dublin, but it didn't play out that way.

The sides were tit for tat in the first half with Mayo showing promise as they dominated kick-outs.

The Dubs led by two at half-time and were reduced to 14 men for the first 10 minutes after the break as Robbie McDaid was shown a black card just before on the stroke of half-time.

There was a sense that perhaps Dublin were going to come out and blitz James Horan's side as they did in the semi-final lat year.

This didn't transpire however and Mayo kept the game competitive right up to the hour mark.

Brian Howard coming on at half-time was arguably the turning point as the Raheny clubman sorted Dublin's problem in the middle of the park while Brian Fenton also found his rhythm.

Dublin's experience in terms of game management and finishing a game out was evident in the last quarter.

They went into the last water break just a point up before scoring four on the bounce unanswered.

In all, they completely dominated the last quarter of the game, outscoring Mayo 0-6 to 0-1.

Howard sent a wonderful point over in the 61st minute while under strong Mayo defensive pressure and a minute later when Paul Mannion scored a free from a difficult angle to put four between them you just got the sense it was yet again going to be Dublin's day.

Their confidence and composure remained intact as they saw it out to win by five points.

Mayo will rue their chances, particularly in the last 10 minutes where they sent three scorable chances short or wide to kind of sum up the situation - they're just not good enough to beat this great side.

The result means that the Dubs are now six years unbeaten in the championship and they've won their 30th All-Ireland while Mayo's wait for ultimate glory goes into a seventh decade.

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