I’m not a great one for Mondays at the best of times, especially ones that herald a return to work after two weeks of blissful indolence, and so I could have plenty of reasons for getting out of bed like a bear with a sore hole this morning. But, hombres, this is no ordinary Monday morning: it is, instead, the morning after the day before and what a day it was too. Some of the ecstatic post-match high might have been dulled a bit by the shite post-match radio coverage on RTE and NewsTalk (i.e. there was virtually none) and the horrendous traffic on the way out of Galway (where it appears that there were no traffic management arrangements in place at all) but I did manage to make it home just in time to see the highlights on The Sunday Game and I even watched some more of it on the web later on (if you’re on the island, there’s access to the entire match on RTE’s website).
There are obviously plenty of match reports to wade through this morning. In no particular order, here are the ones from RTE, the Irish Times, the Indo, Hogan Stand and the Mayo Advertiser. As well as that lot, in the Indo (where, incidentally, in his match report Martin Breheny is incorrect to say that it’s the first Connacht title we’ve won at Pearse Stadium since 1967 – it’s the first one ever as that 1967 win occurred in the penultimate round of the Connacht championship and not the final) Eugene McGee has a fair enough piece of analysis while John O’Keeffe’s analysis in the Times covers much of the same ground. Both make the point that we could have made better use of the wind in the first half and they’re both correct enough in doing so, I reckon, though with the wind as strong as it was it seemed difficult enough for the players to judge how much welly they needed to give it. The Times also has a post-match quotes piece where Johnno has plenty of nice things to say about his players and RTE have quotes (lifted from the Star) from Peadar Gardiner who expresses his delight at kicking the winning score but who stops a bit short of Mort’s 2006 declaration at his joy of having beaten Galway on his own. And, of course, RTE have the whole match up on the web too: I can’t get a link directly to the match stream – you need to get to the match report (here) and navigate from there.
If that’s not enough for you, I don’t know what is. Oh wait, yes I do: here’s a video clip I took of Trev’s post-match acceptance speech. I couldn’t make out a word of it at the ground and I’m none the wiser having looked at it on video but the words (for all I know he could have been giving a eulogy to the late Micheal Jackson, though I somehow doubt it) aren’t important. Instead, just sit back and enjoy the sight of a Mayo captain raising the Nestor Cup for the first time ever at that windswept, godforsaken hole in the middle of a housing estate in Salthill. I’ve seen worse Mondays, for sure.