Mayo's man of the match Padraig O'Hora paid an emotional tribute to his team-mates after their epic defeat of Dublin in the Al-Ireland SFC semi-final and declared it "the best day of my life".

O'Hora was superb for the Green and Red who hauled themselves off the canvas at half-time to force extra-time and then kick on to dethrone the Sky Blues.

The longest unbeaten run in the history of the All-Ireland senior football championship had ended, sparking wild celenrations on the pitch and in the stands.

"It's impossible to put it into words," O'Hora told RTÉ Sport afterwards.

"Look at this place, what it means to all of us. I can't even describe. it. It's unbelievable. It's the best day of my life.

"We love a battle. We always seem to put ourselves at the bottom of the hill before we go climbing it. We knew what we need to do, we put in the work all year. It's an outrageous squad. Everybody put in a shift and we turned them over like we planned to.

"We've got a squad of outrageous players that put in hard work week in week out that you don't see. When Oisin [Mullin] got hurt somebody else stepped up. That's what it's all about. This is a unit, it's not a group of individuals. It's a team.

When asked if Mayo can now push on to finally end their wait for Sam Maguire, O'Hora replied: "Absolutely. We have only one plan."