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Dublin finally land the big prize in front of a record crowd

All-Ireland Ladies SFC: Dublin 4-11 Mayo 0-11

By Jackie Cahill

Mick Bohan's Dublin smashed their TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship jinx as a record crowd flocked to Croke Park on finals day.

An official attendance of 46,286 flocked to the Drumcondra venue as Dublin, beaten finalists in 2014, 2015 and 2016, finally claimed a second title - and first since 2010.

A flurry of late goals accounted for Mayo, who had three players sin-binned during the game.

They finished the first half with 13 players after goalkeeper Yvonne Byrne and defender Rachel Kearns were booked.

The game was still very much in the melting pot down the stretch - Dublin ahead by 1-10 to 0-10 - when Orla Conlon was sent to the line.

That allowed the Sky Blues to open up the space that presented itself and they did so by nailing three goals in a five-minute spell - two from sub Sarah McCaffrey, sister of 2015 Footballer of the Year Jack.

Dublin's men and ladies have now claimed senior crowns in the same year for the very first time and with the age profile healthy in Bohan's set-up, there could be more success to follow in the coming years.

He was manager 14 years ago when Dublin lost to Mayo on final day - but this was sweet revenge for Jim Gavin's former sidekick.

Bohan was told before the season that you should never go back but he said: "If we lived by that motto, this group wouldn't have lifted an All-Ireland today because they have shown great resilience as human beings to come back and bounce back from lots of disappointing days.

"You'd have to be thrilled for them, they didn't just represent themselves but it was the groups of the last number of years, even going back to our own group in 2003. But we are very proud of them at this moment in time."

Dublin scorers: S Aherne 0-9 (7f), S McCaffrey 2-0, C Rowe and N McEvoy 1-1 each.

Mayo scorers: C Staunton 0-7 (4f), G Kelly 0-2, A Gilroy and N Kelly 0-1 each.

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