The other match involving Mayo today – the LGFA NFL Division One game against Galway – hasn’t got the focus it deserves, with all eyes on the lads and their match in Ballybofey. I’m not long in the door from the game at MacCumhaill Park so, sadly, the women’s match is only getting a brief mention here now but it’s still worth spending some time on it.
It was another closely fought match but unfortunately it was another one where the result went narrowly the wrong way, with Galway edging the contest at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park by just a single point, on a scoreline of 0-13 to 2-6.
That’s been the story of this League campaign, one that Fiona McHale summed up in one word – “frustrating” – on the podcast earlier this week. Five matches have ended in defeat, our sole success so far being that eye-catching win over all-Ireland champions Meath in Navan. In all of those lost games there was just the kick of a ball between the teams, with the results in all of them having just as easily gone the other way.
It was a similar story today, as I could see from the Twitter feed that it was a contest that was swaying over and back. It looked like we were going to snatch a draw – which would have guaranteed top-tier survival ahead of the final round – but it wasn’t to be.
Our fate still, however, rests in our own hands in this League campaign. Our final match is against Donegal, who are currently rooted to the bottom of the table, with six defeats from six outings. So, like the men today, a win for us over Donegal will relegate them. Based on how we’ve played so far this year, you’d have to think a win should be well within our capabilities.
Report on today’s match against Galway is here.