Kerry and Mayo draw in Croke Park thriller

Croke Park will play host to next Saturday’s All-Ireland football semi-final replay after Kerry and Mayo played out a thriller yesterday.

Despite awful conditions at headquarters, both sides were able to live up to the pre-match hype for a game which included four goals.

Three of those came in the opening 20 minutes, with Andy Moran and Colm Boyle finding the back of the net for Mayo, and Stephen O’Brien getting the goal for the Kingdom.

They added a further three points from the boot of Johnny Buckley midway through the second half.

The Munster champions led by a point entering the 74th minute of the game before a Paddy Durcan equaliser ensured the two sides must do it again.

The replay has been scheduled for 3pm on Saturday at the same venue.

Mayo arguably came through a tougher run-in to the game, seeing off Derry and Cork after extra-time in the qualifiers while taking two attempts to beat Roscommon.

Kerry enjoyed a more comfortable passage to the last four, but manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice says he doesn’t think that contributed to their slow start.