Last evening Roma and I went to Croke Park to see the Dubs take on Mayo in the Allianz League. As Roma is a Mayo native there were no prizes for guessing who she was there to cheer on. We had been at the All-Ireland semi-final between these two sides last September when Mayo came out on top by three points.
Both sides served up a great football match, with Dublin deservedly coming out on top. For the Dubs, Alan Brogan who scored 1-10, was the star of the show - he also missed a penalty. Mayo were very good in patches, leading twice - but were in the end outclassed. Dublin were reduced to 14 men when Ger Brennan was rightly red carded for a stupid kick at a Mayo player on the ground. At this stage Mayo were leading, but the Dubs stormed back to win comfortably in the end. Even though the crowd was a healthy 21,156, Croke Park still looks very empty as it holds four times this number.
On our way home we stopped for a pizza at That's Amore in Monkstown. This is a relatively new place that I had not been to before. It is very small with seats for only about 20 people. The pizza is delicious and the service excellent. Recommended for both hungry football fans and everyone else!