Cork 2-20 Mayo 0-27
What is it about Mayo and the Gaelic Grounds? Last time Mayo lined out at the Limerick venue there was considerable drama in their All Ireland Semi-Final Replay with Kerry and in 2017 they continued to reward (punish) their supporters with more nail-biting excitement.
The heavy favourites looked to be absolutely cruising in the second half where at one stage they had a seven point lead over the Rebel County. Aidan O’Shea was dominant and forwards like Andy Moran and Cillian O’Connor were doing the business, however, Cork were not to be swatted away so easily – two second half goals from Sean Powter and Luke Connolly brought the southern county back into the game.
After normal time had elapsed, the sides were level and those watching proceedings were enjoying what was on offer.
Mayo and Cork serving up a cracker ?
— Anthony Masterson (@antomasterson1) July 22, 2017
Cork silencing their critics. Mayo not making it easy for themselves either. Tough one to call #MAYOvCORK
— Rachel Evans (@rach_evns) July 22, 2017
Cork have pushed Mayo to extra time! This is brilliant football.
— Holly (@HollyFoley16) July 22, 2017
Serious stuff between Mayo and Cork ?
— Aideen Coyle (@Aideen_Coyle) July 22, 2017
Mayo to have the legs in ET you'd imagine #MayoCork
— Kevin Kilroy (@KevK2004) July 22, 2017
Mayo really are muck ?? going into extra time with Cork , love to see Cork go through ⚽️ #GAA
— BIG BANG (@LukeBoyle97) July 22, 2017
After the first period of extra time, Cork had a one point advantage and all of a sudden you were thinking that this could actually be happening i.e. Mayo to be knocked out of the All Ireland Championship at the qualifier stages.
However, Mayo preserved in the face of adversity and took control in the second 10-minute period of extra time to eventually emerge 2-20 to 0-27 winners despite two late chances for Cork which were both put wide of the posts.
Rather controversially, the referee blowed the whistle with about 30 seconds remaining and some people were not happy one bit.
Ref just blew it up 30 seconds early!! #mayocork
— michael murray (@michaelm295) July 22, 2017
Blew that up 25 seconds early #mayocork
— Rob Kearns (@KearnsRk) July 22, 2017
— Ryan Nugent (@ryannugent93) July 22, 2017
— Damian O'Reilly (@damooreilly89) July 22, 2017
My God, Mayo seriously got away with that. Fantastic effort from Cork. #GAA
— Mike Griffin (@MikeAJGriffin) July 22, 2017