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After three rounds of action in the group stages and 24 games, the 16 teams that were at the starting line of the Mayo GAA Senior Football Championship has been whittled down to eight, and by Sunday evening there will be just four teams left standing in the race for the Paddy Moclair Cup.
After two rounds of action in the Mayo senior championship, it’s still all to play for, for most clubs heading into round three next weekend.
It was always going to be a game where everything had to go right for Mayo, or at least 90 per cent right. On Saturday they fell well short of that.
On a day when there was more than a handful of talking points from the game, we take a look at five.
After so many near misses, bad bounces of the ball and agonising moments - Mayo saw off Dublin in the championship for the first time since 2012.
This is where it starts to get interesting - not that the Connacht championship wasn’t interesting already, with plenty of twists and turns for a number of reasons.
The classical western contest upped sticks and headed to the big city for one day only and while it may have been played out on fancier turf than the old sod from home, it still had that old familiar feeling from days gone by in the old shed in Tuam Stadium and the memories from MacHale Park.
Mayo waltzed into the Connacht Senior Football Championship final without having to break a sweat against Leitrim in MacHale Park on Sunday afternoon.
It’s a case of job done and on to the next one for Mayo following their 20 point win over Sligo in Markievicz Park on Saturday night.
Mission complete, just about. Mayo were involved in another roller-coaster of a contest last weekend when they played Clare in a winner-takes-all ticket to division one of the national football league for 2022.