Sunday, August 21, 2011

Kerry 1-20, Mayo 1-11

Croke Park was the place to be today for the All-Ireland football semi-final between Kerry and Mayo. Roma and Vicki came along to support Mayo - Roma even sporting a Mayo jersey. We were part of a crowd of just over 50,000 that enjoyed a good game of football, and an exhibition of how to play and win the game from Kerry. Being neither a Kerry man or a Mayo man, I naturally decided to wear my Wicklow jersey in support of my native county (who have never been in an All-Ireland semi-final).

Roma (Mayo) and Eugene (Wicklow) in Croke Park.
Mayo took an early lead and lead by 0-5 to 0-3 early on. After this Kerry took over, though still only lead by 2 points at half-time. Kerry looked like champions and put Mayo to the sword with at times breath-taking football. Colm "The Gooch" Cooper in a man-of-the-match display was the star of the show. Kerry made it look easy, but hours and hours of practice and training (not to mention natural ability) made it so.

Kerry on this form look favourites for another All-Ireland title - their fans only want one thing "Bring on the Dubs!".

That's it for me in Croke Park this year. I will be in Wexford next Sunday for the second semi-final between Dublin and Donegal. And with no GAA club connections I will not get a ticket for the final -so it's the telly from now on.

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