Dean Rock and Jonny Cooper celebrate at Croke Park.
Dean Rock and Jonny Cooper celebrate at Croke Park.

Jonny Cooper pleased Dublin remained cool and calm


By Cian O'Connell

Dublin's patience was rewarded at Croke Park with Jonny Cooper stressing the value of experience.

Again Mayo caused Dublin plenty of problems in an All Ireland SFC Final, but the blue team found a way to survive.

Then in the closing stages Dublin thrived outscoring Mayo by 0-6 to 0-1 in the last 20 minutes.

How did the dynamic of the match alter so much? I don't know, I guess there's a little bit of experience there as well, we've been in these situations before, just knowing to stay composed and stay calm," Cooper commented. 

"Keep the structure and order to our game and what we're trying to execute. 

"Obviously it's not going to be perfect and it wasn't, especially playing against a quality opposition. 

"A bit of experience, but obviously trying to execute under pressure was a key one for us coming out in the second half."

Mayo had Dublin under duress initially. "Yeah savage team, always got that level of force and intensity," Cooper stated. 

"So we probably expected it to some degree, but at the same time, only until when you're in it you start to try figure it out."

Robbie McDaid's sin binning was another factor Dublin had to deal with.

"So half-time obviously a man down, had to readjust and to be honest up the tempo a little bit," Cooper added. 

"From our point of view, we managed to control it for a couple of minutes at the start which managed to give us a little bit of a footing. 

"They were there or thereabouts, coming at us in waves, so had to readjust a little bit and then we got the full complement back, gave us a bit better opportunity just to settle things down, but it was probably nip and tuck there for a while until maybe towards the end it widened a small bit."