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Mayo-Dublin game abandoned

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Allianz Football League Division I contest between Mayo and Dublin was abandoned at half-time due to heavy fog that descended on McHale Park in Castlebar.

At the break Dublin held a three point advantage on a score-line of 0-8 to 0-5 despite having wing-back James McCarthy sent off but conditions deteriorated quickly while the teams were in the changing rooms. 

Mayo began brightly with frees from Cillian O’Connor and Conor Mortimer but they found themselves trailing by five in the 17th minute as the visitors hit seven unanswered scores. Diarmuid Connolly was at the heart of everything good about Dublin and he contributed three excellent points from play, while Kevin McManamon was also a bundle of energy in the half-forward line.

Enda Varley stopped the rot for Mayo when he dissected the posts after latching onto a rebound that came off the upright but Stephen Cluxton swiftly replied with a free. Dublin wing-back James McCarthy was then sent off and with the help of the extra man Mayo began to exert themselves.

Varley pointed via the crossbar and Mortimer then added his second free of the evening to leave Mayo trailing by three points at half-time. However, the fog quickly descended onto McHale Park during the interval forcing the game to be abandoned in the interest of health and safety.

Mayo: David Clarke, Kevin Keane, Eoghan Reilly, Keith Higgins, Peadar Gardiner, Donal Vaughan, Lee Keegan, Barry Moran, Aidan O'Shea, Kevin McLoughlin, Cillian O'Connor (0-1f) , Alan Dillon, Conor Mortimer (0-2f), Alan Freeman, Enda Varley (0-2)

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton (0-1f), Darren Daly, Rory O’Carroll, Philip McMahon, James McCarthy, Ger Brennan, Craig Dias, Ross McConnell, Michael Dara McAuley, Paul Brogan (0-1), Kevin McManamon (0-1), Bryan Cullen, Diarmuid Connolly (0-3), Eoghan O’Gara, Tomas Quinn (0-2f)

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