NFL 1: Dubs maintain perfect start
07 March 2010
Dublin and Mayo will square off at Croke Park on Sunday week, and not under lights on the Friday night, after the Dubs' wishes were rebuffed by GAA authorities
Dublin preserved their 100% record in Division One when beating Mayo by 1-9 to 1-8 at Castlebar.
Subs Conal Keaney and Bernard Brogan played a big part in this win, which the Metropolitans just about deserved after the Connacht champions shot themselves in the foot with some dreadful finishing.
Mayo had the breeze behind them in the first half and Aidan O'Shea fired them ahead before Alan Hubbard replied for the Dubs. Alan Freeman's free made it 0-2 to 0-1 to the hosts after twelve minutes.
Kevin McManamon and Kevin Bonner were on target to put the Sky Blues ahead on 20 minutes, 0-3 to 0-2.
It was low-scoring stuff and there was just one more point inside the opening half an hour: an equalising strike from Enda Varley (free) for John O'Mahony's men.
Eamon Fennell then powered through to put the Dubs back in front and the sides swapped points to leave Dublin ahead by 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.
While Dublin had impressed with their terrific workrate in the first half, Mayo had disappointed, managing just a single point from play even though they had the wind in their favour.
Tom Parsons hit Mayo's tenth wide of the afternoon in the third minute of the second half
A superb 46th-minute goal from Varley temporarily turned the game on its head after the same player had converted a free and the hosts led by 1-5 to 0-5 with 13 minutes played in the second half.
Substitutes Conal Keaney and Bernard Brogan combined for the latter to send the ball to the net to put Dublin back ahead by a point, 1-6 to 1-5.
The Dubs had three of the next five scores to lead by 1-9 to 1-7. Ross McConnell and Michael McAuley were on target for the Dubs.
Andy Moran's late goal effort from a free went over off the crossbar as the Dubs held on for a one-point victory, aided by some poor marksmanship from the hosts.