Dubs deliver in second-half to crush Mayo and move into last four

July 02, 2023

Dublin's Cormac Costello sets up Colm Basquel to score his second goal against Mayo at Croke Park ©INPHO/John McVitty

Dublin will face Monaghan in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland senior football championship after hammering Mayo with a dominant second-half display this afternoon.

It finished 2-17 to 0-11 at Croke Park, where the razor-sharp Colm Basquel supplied both goals for the Leinster champions as they went on to rout their Connacht counterparts whom collapsed after the turnaround.

Kevin McStay’s men had been the better team for the opening 35 minutes at headquarters, making a promising start and responding to Basquel’s 18th minute goal with points from Tommy Conroy, Ryan O’Donoghue (2) and Aidan O’Shea to retake the lead.

The Dubs got themselves level and James McCarthy’s point late in the half saw them edge a 1-6 to 0-8 lead at the interval.

It was all Dessie Farrell’s men after the restart though, sailing over points through Paul Mannion, Basquel and Brian Fenton before Cormac Costello capitalised on a Mayo defence lapse and set-up Basquel who palmed home his second goal to make it 2-9 to 0-8.

Mannion’s 43rd minute point made it double scores and, while the Westerners would have a chance right in front of goal come off the post from Eoghan McLaughlin, the one-way traffic continued to the end as they were held to just four points in total throughout the second period.

The Dubs now face Monaghan for a place in the All-Ireland final while holders Kerry take on Ulster champions Derry in the other last four clash.

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