Mayo fall between a Rock and a hard place

17 September 2017 Aidan O'Shea of Mayo dejected after the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin

17 September 2017 Aidan O'Shea of Mayo dejected after the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin

A clearly emotional Stephen Rochford was interviewed by RTÉ's Joanne Cantwell following All-Ireland final defeat for Mayo.

A late Dean Rock free clinched Dublin their third consecutive All-Ireland title as Jim Gavin's side prevailed over Mayo for the second consecutive year.

Mayo left no stone unturned in their efforts on Sunday, sometimes the breaks go for you, sometimes they don't.

They came perilously close to dethroning the champions but once again fell agonisingly short, one point - one wayward kick, one near miss - the difference at the final whistle.

Arguably the match was over after 5 minutes when Dublin scored a goal and never looked back with an unassailable lead from there on out.

Mayo have had an arduous route to the September showpiece, coming through extra-time qualifier wins over Derry and Cork.

Subs used: P. Flynn, D. Connolly (0-1), K. McManamon (0-1), B. Brogan, N. Scully, C. Costello.

Mayo: David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Donal Vaughan, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Colm Boyle; Seamus O'Shea, Tom Parsons; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O'Shea, Diarmuid O'Connor; Jason Doherty, Cillian O'Connor (c), Andy Moran.

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