2021 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

The 2021 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 134th edition of the Gaelic Athletic Association's premier inter-county Gaelic football tournament since its establishment in 1887.

2021 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Championship details
Dates26 June – 11 September 2021
Teams31
All-Ireland Champions
Winning teamTyrone (4th win)
CaptainPádraig Hampsey
ManagerFeargal Logan
Brian Dooher
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing teamMayo
CaptainAidan O'Shea
ManagerJames Horan
Provincial Champions
MunsterKerry
LeinsterDublin
UlsterTyrone
ConnachtMayo
Championship statistics
Top ScorerBorder Seán O'Shea (2-29)
Player of the YearBorder Kieran McGeary
2020
2022

Thirty one of the thirty two Irish counties took part – Kilkenny did not compete. London and New York were withdrawn due to the public health restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most division three and four teams who did not reach their provincial final were scheduled to compete in the 2021 Tailteann Cup. In previous years, they would have competed in the All-Ireland qualifiers.[1] The introduction of the Tailteann Cup competition was postponed until 2022.

There was no "Super 8" group stage (officially the all-Ireland quarter-final group stage). The four provincial winners advanced to the All-Ireland semi-finals which were played as single knockout games.[2]

Dublin were the six-time defending champions, and were seeking to claim an unprecedented seventh consecutive title. Having won the Leinster championship, they were defeated by Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-finals.[3][4]

The All-Ireland final was played on 11 September 2021 at Croke Park in Dublin, between Tyrone and Mayo, in what was their first ever meeting in a final. Tyrone won their 4th title after a 2–14 to 0–15 win against Mayo.[5] Mayo lost their 11th consecutive final since 1989, losing 6 finals in 9 years, with this latest defeat on an identical scoreline to 2020, when Mayo lost to Dublin.[6]

Competition formatEdit

Provincial Championships formatEdit

Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster each organise a provincial championship. These tournaments are all straight knockout.

The draws took place on 19 April 2021 for the Connacht and Munster championships, and on 20 April 2021 for the Leinster and Ulster championships.

Qualifiers (cancelled)Edit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the qualifiers were cancelled. Teams were eliminated following their first defeat and this also meant that the Super 8 quarter-finals were cancelled. Plans had been proposed to limit the qualifiers to only team in the top two division of the National Football League.

All-Ireland formatEdit

The four provincial champions play in two semi-finals. All matches are knock-out. Any game that ends in a draw will go straight to extra-time. If the sides are level after extra-time the game will be decided by a penalty shootout.

Rule changes since 2020 championshipEdit

  • A penalty will be awarded for a 'cynical' foul that prevents a goal-scoring opportunity and occurs inside the twenty metre line or inside the semi-circular arc that extends from the centre of the twenty metre line. The player who committed the foul will receive a black card (and if they have previously received a yellow or black card, they will also receive a red card).
  • The existing advantage rule was modified and implemented in the 2021 National Football League. Advantage is now only allowed to a player who has been fouled in two circumstances - 1) he has a goal-scoring opportunity 2) he has an opportunity to "create or avail of time and space" on the ball. Following its introduction, referees awarded fouls earlier where previously they would have allowed play to continue and this led to complaints that the flow of the game was being disrupted.[7]
  • The maor foirne (assistant manager) is not allowed to enter the field of play.
  • Only one person is allowed to receive a cup during the presentation to the winners.

Provincial championshipsEdit

Connacht Senior Football ChampionshipEdit

London and New York were withdrawn from the 2020 and 2021 Connacht championships due to international travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was a full open draw for first time in over 40 years. It took place on 19 April 2021.

Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Final
  Leitrim 0-11
  Mayo 3-23   Mayo 5-20
  Sligo 0-12   Mayo 2-14
  Galway 2-8 
  Galway 2-11
  Roscommon 0-12

Quarter-FinalEdit

26 June 2021
16:30
Quarter-final
Mayo   3-23 - 0-12   Sligo Markievicz Park, Sligo
Attendance: 200
Referee: Paul Faloon (Down)
Man of the Match: Aidan O'Shea (Breaffy)
Aidan O'Shea 2-2, Darren McHale 1-5, Ryan O'Donoghue 0-5 (0-4f), Eoghan McLaughlin, Conor Loftus, Tommy Conroy 0-2 each, Patrick Durcan, Jordan Flynn, Fergal Boland, Stephen Coen, James Carr 0-1 each Report Niall Murphy 0-6 (0-1f), Sean Carrabine 0-2, Paddy O'Connor, Liam Gaughan, Mikey Gordon, Keelan Cawley 0-1 each

Semi-FinalsEdit

4 July 2021
13:15
Semi-final
Galway   2-11 - 0-12   Roscommon Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon
Attendance: 1,049
Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)
Man of the Match: Matthew Tierney (Oughterard)
Matthew Tierney 1-3 (0-2f, 1 '45), Paul Kelly 1-2, Robert Finnerty and Shane Walsh (0-2f) 0-2 each, Sean Kelly and Damien Comer 0-1 each Report Enda Smith 0-3, Conor Daly and Donie Smith (1 '45) 0-2 each, Brian Stack, Conor Hussey, Ciaran Murtagh (0-1f), Diarmuid Murtagh, Cathal Cregg 0-1 each

11 July 2021
14:00
Semi-final
Mayo   5-20 - 0-11   Leitrim MacHale Park, Castlebar
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)
Man of the Match: Ryan O'Donoghue (Belmullet)
Ryan O'Donoghue 1-6 (0-3f), Darren McHale 2-1, Darren Coen and Tommy Conroy 1-3 each, Matthew Ruane and Conor Loftus 0-2 each, Stephen Coen, Aidan O'Shea, James Carr 0-1 each Report Keith Beirne 0-5f, Conor Dolan and Riordan O'Rourke 0-2 each, Paddy Maguire and Evan Sweeney 0-1 each

FinalEdit

25 July 2021
13:30
Final
Mayo   2-14 - 2-8   Galway Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)
Man of the Match: Matthew Ruane (Breaffy)
Ryan O'Donoghue 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), Matthew Ruane 1-2, Conor Loftus and Tommy Conroy 0-2 each, Rob Hennelly (1 '45), Paddy Durcan, Darren McHale, Kevin McLoughlin, James Carr 0-1 each Report Shane Walsh 1-1, Matthew Tierney 0-4 (0-3f), Damien Comer 1-0, Paul Conroy 0-2, Cathal Sweeney 0-1

Leinster Senior Football ChampionshipEdit

Dublin, Kildare, Laois and Meath receive byes to the quarter-final stage because they reached the semi-final stage in 2020. There is a separate draw after the quarter-finals to determine the semi-final pairings.

The draw for round 1 and the quarter-finals took place on 20 April 2021. The semi-final draw took place on 4 July after the quarter-finals.

Preliminary Round
27 June
Quarter-Finals
4 July
Semi-Finals
18 July
Leinster Final
1 August
  Kildare 1-15
  Offaly 3-19 AET   Offaly 0-13
  Louth 0-19   Kildare 2-14
  Westmeath 0-18
  Laois 1-10
  Westmeath 3-20
  Kildare 1-9
  Dublin 0-20
  Meath 4-22
  Longford 0-25   Longford 0-12
  Carlow 2-13   Meath 1-13
  Dublin 2-16
  Dublin 0-15
  Wexford 2-11   Wexford 0-7
  Wicklow 0-14

Leinster Round 1Edit

27 June 2021
13:30
Round 1
Offaly 3-19 - 0-19 aet Louth Páirc Tailteann, Navan
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare)
Cian Farrell 0-7 (0-3f), Niall McNamee 1-3, Peter Cunningham 1-1, Bernard Allen 1-0, Paddy Dunican 0-2 (0-1f, 1 '45), Niall Darby, Jordan Hayes, Ruairi McNamee, Bill Carroll, Eoin Carroll, Mark Abbott 0-1 each Report Sam Mulroy 0-6 (0-4f), Ciaran Byrne 0-3, Ciaran Keenan 0-2, Dermot Campbell, Anthony Williams, Eoghan Callaghan, Liam Jackson, Ciaran Downey, Conor Grimes, Ryan Burns, Declan Byrne 0-1 each

27 June 2021
15:00
Round 1
Wexford 2-11 - 0-14 Wicklow Aughrim
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)
Mark Rossiter 1-6 (0-1f), Martin O'Connor 1-0, John Turbitt and Donal Shanley (0-2f) 0-2 each, Paraic Hughes 0-1 Report Patrick O'Connor 0-4, Arran Murphy 0-3, Mark Jackson (0-2f) and Chris O'Brien (0-2f) 0-2 each, Padraig O'Toole, Mark Kenny, Conor Byrne 0-1 each

27 June 2021
16:30
Round 1
Longford 0-25 - 2-13 Carlow O'Connor Park, Tullamore
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)
Robbie Smyth and Rian Brady 0-5 each, Darren Gallagher 0-4 (0-3f), Dessie Reynolds, David McGivney, Joseph Hagan 0-2 each, Patrick Fox, Michael Quinn, Kevin Diffley, Donal McElligott, Dylan Farrell 0-1 each Report Darragh Foley 1-4 (0-3f), Paul Broderick 0-4 (0-3f), Conor Crowley 1-0, Chris Blake 0-3, Colm Hulton 0-2

Quarter-FinalsEdit

4 July 2021
16:30
Quarter-final
Kildare 1-15 - 0-13 Offaly O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Attendance: 500
Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)
Neil Flynn 1-7 (0-4f, 2 '45), Fergal Conway and Jimmy Hyland 0-2 each, Mick O'Grady (0-1m), Kevin Feely, Aaron Masterson, Darragh Kirwan 0-1 each Report Cian Farrell 0-8 (0-4f), Niall McNamee 0-2f, Paddy Dunican (1 '45), Anton Sullivan, Bernard Allen 0-1 each

4 July 2021
15:30
Quarter-final
Dublin 0-15 - 0-7 Wexford Wexford Park, Wexford
Attendance: 500
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)
Cormac Costello 0-7 (0-5f), Brian Howard and Brian Fenton 0-2 each, Ciaran Kilkenny, Tom Lahiff, Colm Basquel, Dean Rock 0-1 each Report Mark Rossiter 0-3 (0-2f), Donal Shanley 0-2 (0-1f), Paraic Hughes and John Tubritt 0-1 each

4 July 2021
13:30
Quarter-final
Westmeath 3-20 - 1-10 Laois O'Connor Park, Tullamore
Attendance: 500
Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)
Lorcan Dolan 1-3 (0-1f), Ger Egan and John Heslin (0-3f) 0-5 each, Denis Corroon 1-1, David Lynch 1-0, Ronan O'Toole 0-3, James Dolan, Darren Giles, Tommy McDaniel 0-1 each Report Donie Kingston 0-6 (0-5f), Evan O'Carroll 1-0, Colm Murphy 0-3 (0-1m), Eoin Lowry 0-1

4 July 2021
15:00
Quarter-final
Meath 4-22 - 0-12 Longford Páirc Tailteann, Navan
Attendance: 500
Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down)
Jordan Morris 1-4 (0-1f), Cathal Hickey 1-2, Bryan McMahon (0-1f) and James McEntee 0-4 each, Shane McEntee and James Conlon 1-0 each, Cillian O'Sullivan 0-3, Fionn Reilly, Bryan Menton, Matthew Costello (1 '45), Joey Wallace, Eamon Wallace 0-1 each Report David McGivney (0-3f) and Rian Brady (0-1f) 0-3 each, Kevin Diffley, Darren Gallagher (0-1f), Dessie Reynolds, Robbie Smyth (0-1f), Joseph Hagan (0-1m), Darragh Doherty 0-1 each

Semi-finalsEdit

18 July 2021
14:00
Semi-final
Kildare 2-14 - 0-18 Westmeath Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: Limited to 18,000 due to Covid Restrictions.
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)
Neil Flynn 0-7 (0-4f), Daniel Flynn and Jimmy Hyland 1-1 each, Kevin Feely, Aaron Masterson, Alex Beirne, Fergal Conway, Shane O'Sullivan 0-1 each Report John Heslin 0-8 (0-7f), Lorcan Dolan 0-5 (0-1m), James Dolan, Sam McCartan (1 '45), Ger Egan, David Lynch, Darren Giles 0-1 each

18 July 2021
16:30
Semi-final
Dublin 2-16 - 1-13 Meath Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: Limited to 18,000 due to Covid Restrictions.
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)
Cormac Costello 1-4 (1-0 pen), Con O'Callaghan 1-3, Ciaran Kilkenny 0-5, Dean Rock 0-2 (0-1f), Brian Fenton and Paddy Small 0-1 each Report Matthew Costello 1-2 (0-1f), Jordan Morris 0-3 (0-1), Eamonn Wallace and Joey Wallace 0-2 each, Cillian O'Sullivan, Bryan McMahon, James McEntee (1 '45), Thomas O'Reilly (0-1f) 0-1 each

FinalEdit

1 August 2021
16:00
Final
Dublin 0-20 - 1-9 Kildare Croke Park
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)
Dean Rock 0-5 (0-3f), Ciaran Kilkenny (0-1m) and Cormac Costello 0-4 each, Niall Scully 0-2 (0-1m), James McCarthy, Brian Howard, Paddy Small, Con O'Callaghan, Ryan Basquel 0-1 each Report Daniel Flynn 1-2 (0-1m), Jimmy Hyland 0-4 (0-1m, 0-1f), Neil Flynn, Alex Beirne, Brian McLoughlin 0-1 each

Munster Senior Football ChampionshipEdit

There will be the return of a straight forward open draw for the first time since 2013. Tipperary won the title in 2020. Cork and Kerry met in the Semi Final last year, meaning Cork, Kerry or Tipperary were not permitted to be drawn together in the quarter-finals. The draw was held on 19 April 2021.

Quarter-Finals   Semi-Finals   Final
                   
      Cork 1-16  
  Limerick 4-18       Limerick 0-11  
  Waterford 0-12         Cork 1-9
      Kerry  4-22
      Tipperary 1-8
  Kerry 3-22       Kerry 1-19  
  Clare 1-11  


Quarter-FinalsEdit

26 June 2021
15:00
Quarter-final
Limerick 4-18 - 0-12 Waterford Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)
Hugh Bourke 1-6 (0-3f), Iain Corbett (1-0 pen) and Robbie Bourke (0-1f) 1-2 each, Cillian Fahy 1-1, Cian Sheehan and Danny Neville 0-2 each, Tommie Childs, Brian Donovan, Josh Ryan 0-1 each Report Brian Lynch 0-4 (0-3f), Dermot Ryan 0-3, Jason Curry (0-2f) and Darragh Corcoran 0-2 each, Michael Kiely 0-1

26 June 2021
19:00
Quarter-final
Kerry 3-22 - 1-11 Clare Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo)
Man of the Match: Sean O'Shea (Kenmare Shamrocks)
Sean O'Shea 1-7 (0-3f), David Clifford 1-6 (0-2f), Micheál Burns 1-0, Killian Spillane 0-3, Gavin White and Paudie Clifford 0-2 each, David Moran and Paul Geaney 0-1 each Report Eoin Cleary 0-6 (0-2f), David Tubridy 1-1 (0-1f), Darragh Bohannon 0-2, Podge Collins and Emmet McMahon 0-1 each

Semi-FinalsEdit

10 July 2021
15:00 IST (UTC+1)
Semi-final
Cork 1-16 - 0-11 Limerick Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Attendance: 500
Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare)
John O'Rourke 1-3, Brian Hurley 0-6 (0-4f), Sean Powter and Cian Kiely 0-2 each, Sean Meehan, Mattie Taylor, Ian Maguire 0-1 each Report Hugh Bourke 0-5f, Iain Corbett and Danny Neville 0-2 each, Gordon Brown and Aaron O'Sullivan (1 '45) 0-1 each

10 July 2021
19:00 IST (UTC+1)
Semi-final
Kerry 1-19 - 1-8 Tipperary Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 500
Referee: Niall Cullen (Fermanagh)
Man of the Match: Paudie Clifford (Fossa)
Sean O'Shea 0-8 (0-5f, 1 '45), David Clifford 1-2 (0-1f), Killian Spillane 0-3, Tom O'Sullivan 0-2, David Moran, Diarmuid O'Connor, Paul Geaney, Paudie Clifford 0-1 each Report Conor Sweeney 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), Jack Kennedy 0-3 (0-2f), Kevin Fahey 0-1

FinalEdit

25 July 2021
16:00 IST (UTC+1)
Final
Kerry 4-22 - 1-9 Cork Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Barry Cassidy, Bellaghy (Derry)
Sean O’Shea 1-6 (0-3f), Paul Geaney 2-1, Paudie Clifford 0-3, Brian Ó Beaglaoich 1-0, Jack Barry, Killian Spillane, Tom O’Sullivan 0-2 each, Mike Breen, David Moran, David Clifford (0-1f), Stephen O’Brien, Tadhg Morley, Tommy Walsh 0-1 each. Report Brian Hurley 1-3 (0-1f), Michael Hurley 0-2, Brian Hartnett, Ian Maguire, Luke Connolly, Daniel Dineen (0-1 mark) 0-1 each.

Ulster Senior Football ChampionshipEdit

An open draw was held on 20 April 2021 with the provision that Cavan, Derry, Monaghan and Tyrone cannot be placed in the preliminary round.[8]

Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Final
  Armagh 4-15
  Antrim 0-14
  Armagh 2-21
  Monaghan 4-17
  Monaghan 1-21
  Fermanagh 0-14
  Monaghan 0-15
  Tyrone 0-16
  Tyrone 1-18
  Cavan 0-13
  Tyrone 0-23
  Donegal 1-14
  Derry 0-15
  Down 1-12   Donegal 0-16
  Donegal 2-25

Preliminary RoundEdit

27 June 2021
13:00
Preliminary Round
Donegal 2-25 - 1-12 Down Pairc Esler, Newry
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)
Paddy McBrearty 1-6 (0-2f), Jamie Brennan 1-1, Ryan McHugh and Michael Langan (0-1f, 1 '45) 0-4 each, Peadar Mogan 0-3, Michael Murphy 0-2 (0-1f), Ciaran Thompson, Niall O'Donnell, Eoin McHugh, Ethan O'Donnell, Conor O'Donnell 0-1 each Report Barry O'Hagan 0-8 (0-3f, 0-1m), Caolan Mooney 1-0, Liam Kerr 0-2 (0-1f), Darren O'Hagan and James Guinness 0-1 each

Quarter-FinalsEdit

3 July 2021
15:30
Quarter-final
Monaghan 1-21 - 0-14 Fermanagh Athletic Grounds, Armagh
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Jack McCarron (1-2, 0-2f), Conor McManus (0-4, 0-2f, 1m), Aaron Mulligan (0-3), Micheál Bannigan (0-2), Colin Walshe (0-2, 1m), Conor Boyle, Ryan Wylie, Karl O’Connell, Dessie Ward, Killian Lavelle, Niall Kearns (0-1 each), Rory Beggan (0-1 1’45’), Conor McCarthy (0-1, 1m) Report Sean Quigley (0-7, 5f, 1’45’), Aidan Breen (0-2), Jonny Cassidy, Ciaran Corrigan, Ultan Kelm, Dara McGurn, Josh Largo-Ellis (0-1 each)

4 July 2021
15:30
Quarter-final
Armagh 4-15 - 0-14 Antrim St Tiernach's Park, Clones
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Rian O’Neill (1-5 1-0 pen, 5f), Rory Grugan (1-2), Conor Turbitt (1-1), Tiernan Kelly (1-0), Jarlath Óg Burns (0-2), Connaire Mackin, Greg McCabe, Ciaron O’Hanlon, Oisin O’Neill (0-1 each), Patrick Burns (0-1, mark) Report Ryan Murray (0-3, 2f), Ruairí McCann (0-2f), Dermot McAleese (0-2), Paddy McBride (0-2), Conor Murray (0-2, 1f), Niall McKeever, Conor Small (0-1 each), Odhran Eastwood (0-1 mark)

10 July 2021
16:30
Quarter-final
Tyrone 1-18 - 0-13 Cavan Healy Park, Omagh
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Darren McCurry 0-10 (3f, 1m), Brian Kennedy 1-0, Cathal McShane 0-3 (1f), Niall Sludden 0-2, Peter Harte 0-1, Richard Donnelly 0-1, Paul Donaghy 0-1 Report Gearoid McKiernan 0-6 (4f), Conor Smith 0-2, Raymond Galligan 0-1f, Thomas Galligan 0-1, Gerard Smith 0-1, Oisin Pierson 0-1, Conor Madden 0-1

11 July 2021
16:00
Quarter-final
Donegal 0-16 - 0-15 Derry MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Paddy McBrearty (0-2f), Michael Langan and Niall O’Donnell 0-3 each, Caolan McGonagle, Jamie Brennan and Michael Murphy (0-2f) 0-2 each, Paul Brennan 0-1. Report Shane McGuigan 0-4 (0-2f), Ciaran McFaul 0-3, Benny Heron 0-2, Padraig Cassidy, Gareth McKinless, Conor Doherty, Conor Glass, Emmett Bradley and Niall Loughlin 0-1 each.

Semi-FinalsEdit

17 July 2021
16:00 IST (UTC+1)
Semi-final
Armagh 2-21 - 4-17 Monaghan Pairc Esler, Newry
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Rian O’Neill (0-6, 3frees), Conor Turbitt (1-1), Oisin O’Neill (0-3), Rory Grugan (0-3, 1free), Tiernan Kelly (1-0), Connaire O’Hanlon, Greg McCabe, Niall Grimley, Jarlath Óg Burns, Andrew Murnin, Stefan Campbell, C O’Neill, Ross McQuillan (0-1 each) Report Conor McManus (1-6, 0-3 frees, 0-1 mark), Jack McCarron, Micheál Bannigan (1-1 each), Darren Hughes (1-0), Rory Beggan (0-2 frees), Dessie Ward, Stephen O’Hanlon (0-2 each), Conor McCarthy, Shane Carey (0-1 each)

18 July 2021
13:45 IST (UTC+1)
Semi-final
Tyrone 0-23 - 1-14 Donegal Brewster Park, Enniskillen
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Darren McCurry (0-7, 3 frees), Kieran McGeary, Niall Sludden, Tiernan McCann (0-3 each), Mattie Donnelly (0-2), Peter Harte, Conor Meyler, Conor McKenna, Frank Burns (0-1 each), Cathal McShane (0-1 free) Report Paddy McBrearty (0-4, 2 frees), Caolan McGonigle (1-0), Jamie Brennan, Niall O’Donnell (0-2 each), Michael Langan (0-2, 1 free), Michael Murphy (0-2 frees), Ciaran Thompson, Peader Mogan (0-1 each)

FinalEdit

31 July 2021
16:00
Final
Monaghan 0-15 - 0-16 Tyrone Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 18,000
Conor McManus 0-4 (0-3f), Jack McCarron (0-1m) and Rory Beggan (0-2f) 0-2 each, Conor Boyle, Kieran Duffy, Killian Lavelle, Michael Bannigan, Conor McCarthy and Colin Walshe (0-1m) 0-1 each. Report Darren McCurry 0-5 (0-2f, 0-1m), Mattie Donnelly 0-3 (0-1f), Mark Bradley 0-2, Padraig Hampsey, Michael McKiernan, Niall Sludden, Peter Harte, Kieran McGeary and Cathal McShane 0-1 each.

All-IrelandEdit

All-Ireland BracketEdit

Semi-Finals Final
      
  Mayo (a.e.t.) 0-17
  Dublin 0-14
  Mayo 0-15
  Tyrone 2-14
  Kerry 0-22
  Tyrone 3-14

All-Ireland Semi-finalsEdit

14 August 2021
18:00 IST (UTC+1)
Semi-final
Mayo   0-17 0-14
(a.e.t.)
  Dublin
(HT: 0-4 – 0-10)

Pts: Ryan O'Donoghue 0-5 (2fs), Tommy Conroy and Robert Hennelly (2fs, 145) 0-3 each, Darren Coen, Jason Flynn, Kevin McLoughlin, Lee Keegan, Conor Loftus, Mattie Ruane 0-1 each

Pts: Dean Rock 0-7 (5fs), Ciarán Kilkenny 0-3 (1m), Paddy Small 0-2, Con O'Callaghan and Seán Bugler 0-1 each
Croke Park
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)
Attendance: 24,000
28 August 2021[note 2]
15:30 IST (UTC+1)
Semi-final
Kerry   0-22 (22) (23) 3-14
(a.e.t.)
  Tyrone
(HT: 0-09 (9)(10) 1-07)

Pts: David Clifford 0-8 (3f, 1m), Seán O’Shea 0-8 (6f,1 45), Paudie Clifford 0-2, Paul Murphy, Diarmuid O’Connor, Paul Geaney, Tom O’Sullivan 0-1 each

Pts: Cathal McShane 1-3 (0-1f), Darren McCurry 0-4 (0-2f), Tiarnan McCann, Conor McKenna 1-0 each, Niall Morgan 0-2 (0-1 ’45, 0-1f), Michael McKernan, Ronan McNamee, Pádraig Hampsey, Peter Harte, Mattie Donnelly (0-1 mark) 0-1 each
Croke Park
Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)
Attendance: 24,000

All-Ireland FinalEdit

11 September 2021[note 3]
17:00 IST (UTC+1)
All-Ireland Final
  Tyrone 2-14 (20) (15) 0-15 Mayo  
(HT: 0-10 - 0-08)

Pts: Darren McCurry 1-4 (0-2f), Cathal McShane 1-0, Niall Morgan 0-3 (0-2f, 0-1 '45), Niall Sludden 0-2, Pádraig Hampsey, Peter Harte (0-1 mark), Kieran McGeary, Mattie Donnelly, Darragh Canavan 0-1 each

Pts: Ryan O'Donoghue 0-8 (0-7f), Tommy Conroy 0-2, Robbie Hennelly (0-1f), Lee Keegan, Patrick Durcan, Stephen Coen, Kevin McLoughlin 0-1 each
Croke Park
Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)
Attendance: 41,150

Stadia and locationsEdit

Stadia
County Location Stadium Capacity
Cavan Cavan Breffni Park 32,000
Cork Cork Páirc Uí Chaoimh 45,000
Derry Derry Celtic Park 22,000
Donegal Ballybofey MacCumhaill Park 18,000
Fermanagh Enniskillen Brewster Park 20,000
Dublin Drumcondra Croke Park 82,300
Galway Galway Pearse Stadium 26,197
Laois Portlaoise O'Moore Park 27,000
Leitrim Carrick-on-Shannon Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada 9,331
Mayo Castlebar McHale Park 25,369
Monaghan Clones St. Tiernach's Park 36,000
Offaly Tullamore O'Connor Park 20,000
Roscommon Roscommon Dr. Hyde Park 25,000
Tipperary Thurles Semple Stadium 45,690
Waterford Dungarvan Fraher Field 15,000
Westmeath Mullingar Cusack Park 11,000
Wexford Wexford Wexford Park 20,000

Championship statisticsEdit

  • All scores correct as of 13 September 2021

Top Scorer: OverallEdit

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Seán O'Shea   Kerry 2-29 35 4 8.7
2 Darren McCurry   Tyrone 1-30 33 5 6.6
3 Ryan O'Donoghue   Mayo 2-27 33 5 6.6
4 David Clifford   Kerry 2-17 23 4 5.7
5 Cormac Costello   Dublin 1-15 18 3 6.0
6 Neil Flynn   Kildare 1-15 18 3 6.0
7 Conor McManus   Monaghan 1-15 18 3 6.0
8 Darren McHale   Mayo 3-07 16 4 4.0
9 Paddy McBrearty   Donegal 1-13 16 3 5.3
10 Tommy Conroy   Mayo 1-12 15 4 3.7
11 Dean Rock   Dublin 0-15 15 4 3.7
12 Cian Farrell   Offaly 0-15 15 2 7.5
13 Cathal McShane   Tyrone 2-08 14 5 2.8
14 Rian O'Neill   Armagh 1-11 14 2 7.0
15 Hugh Bourke   Limerick 1-11 14 2 7.0
16 Ciaran Kilkenny   Dublin 0-13 13 4 3.2
17 John Heslin   Westmeath 0-13 13 2 6.5
18 Mark Rossiter   Wexford 1-09 12 2 6.0
19 Brian Hurley   Cork 1-09 12 2 6.0
20 Lorcan Dolan   Westmeath 1-08 11 2 5.5
21 Niall McNamee   Offaly 1-08 11 2 5.5
22 Jack McCarron   Monaghan 2-05 11 3 3.6
23 Matthew Tierney   Galway 1-07 10 2 5.0
24 Jordan Morris   Meath 1-07 10 2 5.0
25 Aidan O'Shea   Mayo 2-03 9 5 1.8
26 Matthew Ruane   Mayo 1-05 8 5 1.6
27 Con O'Callaghan   Dublin 1-05 8 4 2.0

Top Scorer: Single gameEdit

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Darren McCurry   Tyrone 0-10 10   Cavan
2 Seán O'Shea   Kerry 1-07 10   Clare

Scoring EventsEdit

All records exclude extra time.

  • Widest winning margin: 24 points
  • Most goals in a match: 6
  • Most points in a match: 38
  • Most goals by one team in a match: 5
  • Highest aggregate score: 56 points
  • Lowest aggregate score: 22 points

MiscellaneousEdit

  • Leitrim's 24-point loss to Mayo was their joint-biggest championship defeat, equalling a 1973 match, also against Mayo, that ended 7-6 to 0-3.[9]
  • COVID-19 caused the Connacht final and Ulster Final to move from MacHale Park, Castlebar or St Tiernach's Park, Clones to Croke Park, Dublin for first time since 1922 for Connacht and 2006 for Ulster. The return of Backdoor games also London and New York to the championship postponed for an extra year.
  • Dublin's extended winning record gives them 11 Leinster titles in a row.
  • Dublin's record-breaking unbeaten streak of 45 consecutive championship games (42 wins, 3 draws) was ended by Mayo in the All Ireland semi-final. Their previous championship defeat was back in 2014, against Donegal. Dublin's unprecedented title streak (a six-in-a-row, 2015–20), came to an end also.

AwardsEdit

The Sunday Game Team of the YearEdit

The Sunday Game team of the year was picked on 11 September, the night of the final. Kieran McGeary was chosen as the Footballer of the Year by the RTÉ panel.[10][11]

Player Team
  Niall Morgan Tyrone
  Paddy Durcan Mayo
  Lee Keegan Mayo
  Pádraig Hampsey Tyrone
  Niall Sludden Tyrone
  Kieran McGearyFOTY Tyrone
  Peter Harte Tyrone
  Matthew Ruane Mayo
  Conn Kilpatrick Tyrone
  Conor Meyler Tyrone
  Paudie Clifford Kerry
  Ciarán Kilkenny Dublin
  Darren McCurry Tyrone
  David Clifford Kerry
  Tommy Conroy Mayo

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l The game was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland
  2. ^ The game between Kerry and Tyrone was initially due to be played on 15 August 2021, but was rescheduled to 21 August due to COVID-19 issues. Tyrone subsequently stated that they were unable to play on 21 August as several players had contracted COVID-19. It was eventually rescheduled to 28 August.
  3. ^ Due to COVID-19 issues, the final was due to be played on 29 August 2021, but was postponed to 4 September and again to 11 September.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Moran, Seán. "GAA to announce details of 2021 season". The Irish Times.
  2. ^ Scully, Michael (21 December 2020). "GAA confirm 2021 fixture plan - including July All-Ireland finals & split season". Irish Mirror.
  3. ^ Moran, Seán; O'Riordan, Ian. "December Road: Dublin players can emulate Jack Lynch". The Irish Times.
  4. ^ "Mayo 0-17 Dublin 0-14: Mayo finally beat Dubs after extra-time and march on to All-Ireland final". Sky Sports. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  5. ^ McGoldrick, Sean (11 September 2021). "Tyrone claim fourth All-Ireland SFC title as Mayo curse their final luck again". Irish Independent. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  6. ^ Neville, Conor (11 September 2021). "Tyrone claim fourth All-Ireland SFC title as Mayo curse their final luck again". RTÉ News and Current Affairs. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Advantage rule needs to be given time". www.gaa.ie. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Ulster SFC format to change from 2020". www.hoganstand.com. Hoganstand.com. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Leitrim blown away by rampant Mayo in Castlebar mismatch". www.leitrimobserver.ie.
  10. ^ "8 awards for Tyrone as Sunday Game football team of the year is named". The 42. 11 September 2021. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Kieran McGeary the top man in Sunday Game Team of the Year". RTÉ Sport. 11 September 2021. Retrieved 14 September 2021.

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