Monday match reports

Mayo v Monaghan

Photo: MichaelMaye.com

That’s a chilly one out there this morning but there’s plenty to get all warm and cosy about in the reports on yesterday’s emphatic win over the flying fisted Farney lads. Here’s your Monday morning round-up.

Irish IndependentIrish ExaminerIrish Times (paywall).

Mayo Advertiser – report, post-match quotes from Pat Holmes and Patrick Durcan.

RTÉ – report and quotes from Aidan O’SheaBBC.

GAAThe 42Hogan StandBreaking News.

Photos: Mayo MickSportsfile.

Not a report but worth looking at – the Division One table, where our +16 points difference puts us ahead of Cork, Kerry and Donegal (all +2) on four points. As has already been noted in the comments, so far we’ve racked up the most points and conceded the least after three games, which is kinda nice to see.

Also not a report but also looking at is the video piece taken from RTÉ’s League Sunday analysis last night (here) which demonstrates pretty graphically Monaghan’s shocking indiscipline yesterday. I know they got two reds (both merited on the video evidence) but how Kieran Hughes, who punched three separate Mayo players in one incident, stayed on the pitch is quite beyond me. That kind of carry-on out on the street on a Saturday night would see you up in court on a Monday morning.

With the games now coming thick and fast, it was announced last night that Down’s Ciaran Branagan will ref next Sunday’s match against Derry. The only previous time we’ve had him doing one of our games was last year against Kerry in the League. A Nordie ref for a match up there – some advance thinking from Noel and Pat will be needed for this one, I reckon, in terms of what’s likely to be pulled and what isn’t at Celtic Park. Forewarned is forearmed and all that.

Finally, if you haven’t voted in the MOTM poll, there’s still plenty of time to do so. It looks as if Aidan O’Shea is cantering into the winner’s enclosure on this one but it’s great to see young guns Patrick Durcan and Diarmuid O’Connor – who were both excellent yesterday – garnering significant support too.

This post was restored with kind thanks to Enda McCallig, who mailed me the RSS version he had of it, thus saving me the entirely tedious job of going back and finding all those links again. Thanks Enda!

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