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Jame Horan happy to see Mayo's luck change after late controversy against Cork

Updated: Sunday, 03 Aug 2014 23:08 | Comments

Cork players remonstrate with referee Cormac Reilly at full-time, including Tomas Clancy (bib), who was black carded earlier in the game Cork selector Ciaran O'Sullivan confronts referee Cormac Reilly
Cork players remonstrate with referee Cormac Reilly at full-time, including Tomas Clancy (bib), who was black carded earlier in the game Cork selector Ciaran O'Sullivan confronts referee Cormac Reilly

Mayo manager James Horan believes the wheel of fortune finally turned in his side’s favour as they held on to secure a dramatic 1-19 to 2-15 All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Cork at Croke Park.

Mayo breathed a sigh of relief after Cork attacker Colm O'Neill chose to take a point from a free at the end of the game.

Cork were trailing by two points at the stage but were under the impression that referee Cormac Reilly was going to add on at least another minute.

Reilly didn't though, and Mayo escaped with a one-point win.

Ironically, Mayo came out the wrong side of a similar incident in last year's All-Ireland final against Dublin.

Back then Cillian O'Connor also believed there was more time to be played and kicked a free over only to see full-time blown moments later as Dublin won by a point.

In the latest situation, the two minutes of injury-time had already elapsed when O'Neill kicked his free.

"Refs normally do (add more time), although I remember a situation last year with something similar from our All-Ireland final, so every team seems to get a go at that," said Horan.

"It was us today. I'm just delighted we got the win to be honest."

Next up for Mayo is an All-Ireland semi-final clash with Kerry. It's a repeat of the 2004 and 2006 finals which Kerry swept to victory in. Horan is confident Mayo can put up a better fight this time.

"If you watched this team over the last four years we've been in a lot of battles, a lot of sticky positions and we've always tried to do as well as we can," he said.

"It's fairly straightforward how we approach things and it's how we'll go about our business again."

However, Horan accepted Mayo still have a lot of improving to do.

"We're not at that (top) level just yet."

"But we're winning games and getting a little bit better with each one. We showed glimpses today of where we can get to."

Losing Cork manager Brian Cuthbert indicated he was under the assumption that an extra minute was to be played when O'Neill kicked his stoppage–time free over.

"I presume whatever conversation he had with the referee, he deducted from it that he had time for a kick-out," said Cuthbert.

"As far as they (selectors) were aware, there was a minute left.

"You're going to have calls for you and against you. Some days they'll go for you, some days they won't. We're certainly not looking at the referee as the reason we're not going on to the semi-final."

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