We’re starting to get used to this! Another final, another win, this one at HQ to boot. Huge congrats to the county’s hurlers for what was a really gutsy win.
I’m not going to get into any kind of match report on today’s Rackard Cup final – partly because the red wine is flowing freely here at the minute but also because I accept that I was very late hopping onto this particular bandwagon and don’t want to pretend that the hurlers’ journey is one that I’ve followed at close quarters – but I still want to mark the occasion with a few words.
The game itself: it was a well-contested affair, one that for long stretches looked as if it could have gone either way. Our lads were largely on top for most of the first half but then fell behind shortly before the break only to level the match just before the short whistle.
Then Armagh goaled right at the start of the second half and they led for a fair while before we eventually reeled them back in. When Kenny Feeney cracked in a smashing goal with a bit over ten minutes to go we looked to be on our way but Armagh got the next three scores to leave the contest all square with six or seven minutes to go.
It was then, though, that our lads stood tall. We got the final four scores of the day, each one joyously celebrated by the small but boisterous Mayo crowd in the Hogan Stand, to run out winners – and Rackard Cup champions – on a scoreline of 2-16 to 1-15. Here’s what it was like at full-time:
The final whistle at today’s Rackard Cup final: pic.twitter.com/n9lvCn809w
— Mayo GAA Blog (@MayoGAABlog) June 4, 2016
It was great to look down from the posh seats in the Hogan (that’s where the vast bulk of the punters at HQ today were located) to see the unbridled joy of the lads as they collected what was the first ever national senior hurling title for the county. There may have only been a few thousand there at HQ but this looked and felt like an All-Ireland success and was rightly celebrated as such.
And, you know, winning is something we could easily get used to. Two finals in two different codes, two All-Ireland title wins for the county this year. Life could be worse. And the year is only half-over.