Dublin and Mayo have to do it all again after GUBU All Ireland final
Dublin and Mayo will have to meet again to decide the destination of the Sam Maguire Cup in 2016.
For the first time since 2000 and for only the fourteenth time in the history of the All-Ireland series the final ended in a draw.
A brilliant point in the 8th minute of injury time from team captain Cillian O'Connor saved the day for Mayo who conceded two own goals in the first half. But they deserved a second chance for bravery alone but Dublin will surely not play as badly again.
Mayo were previously involved in an infamous All-Ireland final replay in 1996 when they lost to Meath but this is Dublin's first experience of a drawn All-Ireland decider since 1894.
The replay is scheduled for Saturday, October 1
This is the second season in a row that Dublin and Mayo finished level in the championship. In last year's semi-final a three burst from Dublin in the final quarter enabled them to beat Mayo in a replayed semi-final.
Dublin also beat the Connacht side in the 1955 and 1985 All-Ireland final replays.
Even by the standards of Mayo's past misfortunes in All-Ireland final, the first half reached new depths with the underdogs conceding two own goals.
Truly anything can happen in an All-Ireland final – but was truly in GUBU territory as initially Mayo sweeper Kevin McLoughlin turned the ball into his own net in the tenth minute and then Colm Boyle did likewise in the 21st minute.
But the overall nature of the first half played in a near constant drizzle Mayo took the game to the All-Ireland champions without ever threatening to turn their dominance into scores.
They hit the first two points and looked relatively comfortable with none of the Dublin forwards making any impact. Even Stephen Cluxton miscued his third kick out over the sideline as Mayo pressed forward.
But the challengers paid a high price for their bravery when Cluxton directed his next kick out down the centre where it was won by Michael Darragh Macauley – who was having the better of his exchanges with Seamus O'Shea.
He linked up with Brian Fenton – who again exposed an old failing in Mayo set-up when Donie Vaughan failed to track his run – but David Clarke seemed to have rescued the situation with a brilliant save. The rebound fell to Bernard Brogan whose shot was directed into his own net by Kevin McLouglin.
Mayo dominated the next ten minutes but only managed one point before they conceded another own goal. This came as the result of a serious of enforced errors beginning with Keith Higgins giving the ball away in the Dublin half; Mayo then conceded a free which Diarmuid Connolly drove into the danger zone.
Even though he was outnumbered two to one Dean Rock initially won possession then dropped the ball only for Colm Boyle to drive his attempted clearance into his own net to leave Dublin 2-0 to 0-4 ahead even though no Dublin player had scored.
Donie Vaughan replied with a Mayo point and Dublin lost James McCarthy through a black card for a third man tackle. Finally in the 30th minute Dean Rock pointed a free for Dublin's first point from a free. Paddy Andrews, McCarthy's replacement, hit two points from play as Dublin finally found some traction and they led 2-4 to 0-5 at the break.
Mayo though began the second half in the most postive fashion imaginable kicking five points on the spin to level the game after 45 minutes as Dublin withdrew Kevin McManamon.
Dublin scored the next two points through Fenton and a Rock free before Andy Moran had a goal chance but his shot skimmed the top of the crossbar.
Dublin hit wides through Andrews and Brogan as stalemate prevailed but Mayo were running two of ideas up front even though they had more of the ball. Substitute Alan Dillon tied up the game in the 64th minute before Keith Higgins gave away the ball and Dublin worked it upfield where John Small pointed.
Mayo introduced Barry Moran as a last of dice but it was Dublin who hit the next two scores with a pointed free from Rock and Diarmuid Connolly first big contribution – a huge point after a bad kick out from Clarke.
But Mayo brought it back to a one point game with points from O'Connor (free) and Vaughan and with seven minutes of injury time to be played the game was only getting interesting. Eoghan O'Gara and Aidan O'Shea had bad wides and Diarmuid Connolly sent a sideline wide to give Mayo's one last which they took with with Cillian O'Connor hitting a monster point to draw the game as the game entered the eighth minute of normal.
The official attendance was 82,257
Dublin: S Cluxton; P McMahon, J Cooper, D Byrne; J McCarthy, C O'Sulivan, J Small (0-1); B Fenton (0-1), MD Macauley; R Flynn, K McManamon, C Kilkenny; D Rock (0-4, 3f), D Connolly (0-1) B Brogan. Subs: P Andrews (0-2) for McCarthy (BC) 24m; P Mannion for McManamon 47m, M Fitzsimons for Macauley 53m, E O'Gara for Brogan 62m; D Daly for Byrne 66m, D Bastick for Flynn 74.
Mayo: D Clarke; B Harrision, D Vaughan (0-2), K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle (1-0 og), P Durcan (0-1); S O'Shea, T Parsons (0-1); K McLoughlin (1-0 og), A O'Shea, D O'Connor; J Doherty (0-1), A Moran (0-2), C O'Connor (0-6,4f) Subs: A Dillon (0-1) for S O'Shea 54m, C Barrett for Boyle 58m; B Moran for Dillon 67m, S Coen for D O'Connor 67m, E Regan for A Moran 71, C Loftus for Regan 79