Mayo galloped to an easy win over Leitrim last Sunday to book their place in this year’s Connacht football final. The Nestor Cup decider will, like last year, be a knockout clash against old rivals Galway, with the game down for decision on Sunday week.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we review Mayo’s win over Leitrim on Sunday, but only after first discussing some dramatic developments on the field and off it in the days since then. Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty hosts the show and he’s joined by his Mayo News colleague Edwin McGreal and by me.
We start with the hottest topic of the moment, which is the decision to shift the venue for the Connacht final from MacHale Park in Castlebar to Croke Park. The pros and cons of the venue shift are teased out, both from the perspective of the two teams and for supporters, with a far bigger attendance catered for at HQ but with increased travelling for most fans, at a time when public health concerns remain a significant factor.
Next the debate shifts to the drama that played out in Tuam on Tuesday evening, as Mayo’s U20 team prevailed over Galway in a penalty shootout in the Connacht U20 semi-final. We review the evening’s action and we also hear post-match thoughts from Mayo U20 manager Maurice Sheridan and from Colm Flynn who dispatched the decisive penalty for Mayo.
Eventually we get around to discussing the Leitrim game, focusing on both the event itself and on the players who impressed for Mayo on the day.
This episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Podomatic and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog using the SoundCloud player below or the one on the panel on the right.
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The Mayo News football podcast is produced by Ger Duffy Media. The show is sponsored by Ceramic City and Swinford Motors, two fine Mayo businesses with whom we’re proud to be associated this year.