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Tyrone captain Pádraig Hampsey lifts the Sam Maguire Cup following the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Tyrone captain Pádraig Hampsey lifts the Sam Maguire Cup following the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

A Mayo supporter during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

A Mayo supporter during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

11 September 2021; Cathal McShane of Tyrone celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

11 September 2021; Cathal McShane of Tyrone celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ryan O'Donoghue of Mayo reacts after missing a penalty during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ryan O'Donoghue of Mayo reacts after missing a penalty during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Tyrone captain Pádraig Hampsey lifts the Sam Maguire Cup following the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Tyrone completed one of the greatest comebacks in Irish sport to be crowned All-Ireland football champions.

Four weeks to the day since they stated they would not be able to field a team in the semi-final due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the squad, they have won the county’s first All-Ireland title since 2008 and their fourth in all.

In football terms they are the market-leaders in gate crashing the party. Their All-Ireland wins in 2003, 2005 and 2008 were all achieved against the head, and they were underdogs again yesterday.

But there is no better team than Tyrone to find a cause to help them to at their most belligerent, irascible, and holding their nerve when it mattered most. And let’s not forget they have magnificent footballers who are capable of implementing a system that wins key games.

An outstanding second half performance which saw them score two goals from substitute Cathal McShane and Darren McCurry were the key scores as Mayo were left with a host of regrets – not least a missed penalty from Ryan O’Donoghue in the 40th minute when they were a point behind. They also squandered three other goal scoring opportunities

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Ryan O'Donoghue of Mayo reacts after missing a penalty during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ryan O'Donoghue of Mayo reacts after missing a penalty during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ryan O'Donoghue of Mayo reacts after missing a penalty during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Mayo and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Sixteen years after captaining the county to their second All-Ireland success in 2005, Brian Dooher follows in the footsteps of Kevin Heffernan (Dublin), Tony Hanahoe (Dublin) Billy Morgan (Cork) and Páidí Ó Sé (Kerry) in having skippered and managed their county to win the Sam Maguire Cup.

Dooher shares his managerial duties with Feargal Logan and they become only the second managerial duo after Kerry’s Páidí Ó Sé and Seamus MacGearailt (1997) to win an All-Ireland title. But unlike the Kerry duo they did it in their first season in charge

For Mayo it was yet another All-Ireland final to forget. This was their thirteenth appearance including two replays in the last 32 years – including seven in the last ten seasons – and they are still searching for that elusive title.

Scorers: Tyrone:D McCurry 1-4 (2f), C McShane 1-0, N Morgan 0-3 (2f, 1 45), N Sludden N Morgan,P Hampsey, K McGeary, M Donnelly, P Harte (1m), D Canavan 0-1 each.

Mayo R O’Donoghue 0-8 (7f), T Conroy 0-2, P Durcan, S Coen, R Hennelly, K McLoughlin, L Keegan 0-1 each,

Tyrone: N Morgan; M McKernan, R McNamee, P Hampsey; F Burns, P Harte, K McGeary; B Kennedy, C Kilpatrick; C Meyler, M O’Neill, N Sludden; B McCurry, M Donnelly, C McKenna. Subs: C McShane for Donnelly 44, D Canavan for O’Neill 53, B McDonnelly for Kennedy 56, P Donaghy for McKenna 68, T McCann for Kilpatrick 70 +3

Mayo: R Hennelly; P O’Hora, L Keegan, M Plunkett; P Durcan, S Coen, O Mullin M Ruane, C Loftus; D O’Connor, A O’Shea, B Walsh; K McLoughlin, T Conroy, R O’Donoghue. Subs: E Hession for Plunkett ht; J Flynn for O’Hora 52, D Coen for Walsh 61,A Orme for Loftus 68, J Carr for McLoughlin 70 +4

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

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