Dublin were crowned All-Ireland champions for the second time in three years after a narrow but deserved win over Mayo at Croke Park on Sunday.
Dublin struggled in the first half and were lucky to be just one point down at half-time, 0-8 to 1-4, but they were transformed in the second half with Bernard Brogan proving to be the match-winner with a contribution of 2-3, including a crucial 54th minute goal.
Mayo were brilliant in the first 30 minutes and led by a clear four points at one stage but Bernard Brogan’s 16th goal, completely against the run of play, skewed the look on the scoreboard as James Horan’s side squandered a succession of chances.
Dublin hit the final two points of the first half and were incredibly lucky to be just one down at the break.
Dublin stormed ahead after the break and were 1-9 to 0-9 ahead when Andy Moran levelled matters for Mayo with a goal in the 48th minute.
Dublin hit back with a goal of their own, and despite some intense pressure in the closing stages held on to record a one-point win after four breathless minutes of added time.
“Fantastic, yeah. Just delighted for the players,” said Dublin manager Jim Gavin after the game.
“The sacrifices and the effort they put in throughout the season was phenomenal and they got their just rewards today.
“They showed great heart and great resolve to never give in.”
There was disappointment for Tyrone’s Minors as they lost out to Mayo in the All-Ireland football final.