Dublin super-sub Kevin McManamon said he was "blessed" after scoring his side’s crucial second goal in their semi-final win over Kerry.
With the sides level in the 69th minute, McManamon, just on as a replacement for Bernard Brogan, broke through to score and give Jim Gavin’s team breathing space going into injury time.
He told RTÉ Sport: “I just started running and I thought the defender was going to come to me but they kind of came half [way] between myself and the two boys on the wings so I said I’ll try and aim for the crossbar and it might sneak under or go over but we’ll get something out of it, I’m blessed.
“It was an unbelievable game, we were saying it looking on [from the bench], it was a great game to watch and we were begging to be involved and I only got seven or eight minutes.
“But it was a very strong, powerful finish from the Dublin team - probably more so the lads like Dean [Rock] and Eoghan [O’Gara] and Philly [McMahon], who came on so it’s nice to have that bit of unity in the squad so we can push on in the last ten [minutes] and finish it off."
"It was a very strong, powerful, finish from the Dublin team"
Mayo await in the final on 22 September and McManamon says improvement is needed if they are to claim their second All-Ireland title in three years.
“[Kerry are] a fantastic side and they punched a lot of holes [in our defence],” said the goalscorer, who also hit the back of the net against Kerry in the 2011 final.
“We’re going to have to learn a lot of lessons from that game if we’re to have any chance of winning the final.
“Mayo were deadly last against Tyrone, especially in the last half an hour, in the last 15 minutes, in particular. They’ll get goals against us if we don’t tighten up at the back.”