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TOP TEN! After the men's six-in-a-row the Dublin ladies added in four more wins to round off tally.

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BY IAN MANGAN and TREVOR QUINN DUBLIN fans celebrated a perfect 10 when the ladies footballers added a four-in-a-row to the men's six-in-a-row on a special weekend for the capital.

The Boys in Blue cheered on the Jackies remotely including players such as Dean Rock whose girlfriend

Niamh McEvoy starred for the ladies as they beat old rivals Cork.

All around the city, families and fans watched remotely from living rooms to see another slice of history made.

Bookies slashed the odds on Dessie Farrell's Dubs going on to win an astonishimg 10 titles in a row.

While betting on the GAA to split Dublin following their All-Ireland Final triumph over Mayo at the weekend also narrowed. Punters are speculating on the future of GAA in the county as odds on a Dublin split have been cut to 4/1 from 10/1.

Meanwhile, BoyleSports' odds on Farrell's side to secure 10 in a row have been shortened into 11/2 from 8/1. The Dubs are already odds-on at 1/2 to make it a magnificent seven next summer.

The chances of Dublin lifting Sam Maguire in every season up to and including 2026 have been clipped into 14/1 from 25/1.

Kerry are the 9/4 favourites to be the next side to beat Dublin in a Senior Championship match, with Mayo, Galway, Donegal and Tyrone all at 4/1.

Former Mayo forward John Casey yesterday said the county's All-Ireland final defeat was deflating but the least painful one to take and insisted there is optimism for the future.

The Charlestown clubman and pundit watched the 2-14 to 0-15 defeat from Croke Park while working for radio - their 10th final defeat since 1989.

He said: "I think the general consensus is that it was the least disappointing of all the losses, if that makes sense.

"And I think it was because of the weirdness of the year, of there being no supporters in Croke Park. The team is in transition.

"They went back to the Radisson Hotel I think [Saturday] evening shooting the breeze in their shorts, compared to what it would have been like in normal circumstances.

"It looked like we were going to get pummelled after the first minute and what unfolded during the next 25 minutes it was the finest. "I was working up there for RTE Radio 1 and it was unbelievable; I felt the buzz again going, 'Jeez this is brilliant, this is epic Mayo this is what we're all about;."

The Mayo panel and management team were at the four-star Breaffy House Resort last night relaxing and unwinding after their fourth final defeat in eight years.

John added: "They were absolutely brilliant, the only problem was they never got ahead of Dublin and they didn't make their dominance count. The Mayo team got the train from Ballyhaunis to Dublin on Friday ahead of the match and returned to the county yesterday and had a recovery session.

There would usually be a band of supporters who would welcome the team back, but with Covid-19 restrictions that was not possible this year.

John said despite the huge disappointment, the players could hold their heads high.

However, he believes the latest failed bid to win the Sam Maguire may lead to up to seven retirements.

He added: "This is the big question, I'm counting up to seven players that could retire from that team.

"There's seven that could go."

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Four It was a great weekend for Dublin as the ladies beat old rivals Cork

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THE BLUE BELLES Team celebrate victory

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