Galway 0-10 Mayo 2-12: positive opening round performance

Any day we beat Galway is a good day. A day where we beat them soundly – and we did that today – is an ever better one. This was a very encouraging opening round National League performance from us.

We dominated the exchanges for much of the seventy minutes. Once Eoghan McLaughlin found the net for us eleven minutes in, we had the whiphand on them and we never released our grip from then until the finish. We won this one pretty much at our ease.

The wind was blowing hard in off the Atlantic and a misting rain was falling in horizontal sheets as this contest got underway. We’d made one change to our named team in advance of throw-in, with Conor Reid starting – in his first League appearance – in place of Stephen Coen. As had been rumoured in advance, Damian Comer didn’t line out for them, with Niall Daly taking his place.

Fergal Boland’s recall to the panel this year is a move that supporters have warmly welcomed. The Aghamore player didn’t hang around in showing how important he can be to this team as well, firing over at the end of a good move just a minute in. Fergal went on to put in a powerful performance for us today.

They had the strong wind behind them in the first half and McHugh’s strike from distance to level the game showed the importance of the elements. Galway knew they needed to use that wind advantage in the first half but, of course, that wasn’t how events turned out.

We moved the ball quickly and intelligently through the hands and this yielded our first goal chance, which Aidan missed, just four minutes in. They then grabbed the lead for the first and only time this afternoon but that was soon cancelled out by a Ryan O’Donoghue free.

Our second goal opportunity – no more than a half-chance, in truth – came soon after. Again it was Aidan who pulled the trigger but the shot was blocked.

At our third attempt, we struck for goal. Fergal’s ball in unlocked their backline and Eoghan McLaughlin drilled it low and hard into the corner of the net. Jordan Flynn followed this up with a point, the ball just making it over the bar and landing on the roof of the net.

An edge developed to the contest then. Ryan was denied a free by ref Seán Hurson despite being clearly held back as he tried to power forward. Soon after the Tyrone official – who I felt had a really poor performance today – waved a black card at him.

We managed the black card period really well. Galway did manage to halve our lead, with points from Ó Conghaile and Walsh (a free), but we did a super bit of keep-ball for close to four minutes, which wound down the clock nicely until the Belmullet man came back on.

A super flowing move for us ended with Jordan Flynn firing over and although they responded in kind with a good score from Sweeney, further points from us, the first from Bob Tuohy and the second from Fergal Boland, sent us in at the break four to the good.

Galway were in a real hole now, in arrears and with the wind to face in the second half. They brought on that great old warhorse Paul Conroy for the second half and he worked hard but, around him, the same wasn’t true of a Galway team that simply didn’t look primed for this contest.

Fergal opened the half like he’d started the first one, by booming over a wind-assisted opener for us. Walsh pointed a free for them but then Paddy let fly from distance and the wind – and his accuracy – did the rest.

We made our first change then. Conor Reid, who’d enjoyed a positive debut, was withdrawn, with Ballinrobe youngster Diarmuid Duffy, one of four players from the club on the bench today, coming on for his League debut. He did really well too.

Ryan and Walsh traded frees but Galway repeatedly ran into our cover as they tried to break through for the goal-scoring chance they needed to get back in the game. We were very solid at the back, though, and they never got clear sight of our goal at all.

A Walsh ’45 cut the gap to four with just over ten to go. A goal then would have given us a grandstand finish but instead Paul Towey, on for Tommy Conroy, steadied the ship with a fine strike off his left. The same player got our next score too, after another Walsh free, this one off his right.

The game was done now. Galway did manage to cut the gap back to four as the match entered injury time but then Diarmuid Duffy was fouled as he bore down on goal and Cillian O’Connor, who’d replaced Aidan O’Shea, sent Gleeson the wrong way from the spot.

There was time for one more flowing move, this time Jack Carney was the player to whom the ball was offloaded for the shot and he made no mistake. It was the last kick of the game.

The margin of victory we enjoyed today means we’re top of the Division One table – for now at least, though that depends on how the Tyrone/Roscommon game goes – after the opening round. There’s an awful long way to go in this campaign, however, to say nothing of the whole inter-county year, but this was a very positive opening round display by us.

Today’s win send the lads into next weekend’s home meeting with All-Ireland champions Dublin in good spirits. Another performance like this one would go a long way towards notching our first League win over the Dubs at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park since 2012. After today, that’s now starting to look like an itch we might just scratch.

Mayo: Colm Reape; Jack Coyne, David McBrien, Rory Brickenden; Paddy Durcan (0-1), Sam Callinan, Eoghan McLaughlin (1-0); Bob Tuohy (0-1), Conor Reid; Fergal Boland (0-3), Jack Carney (0-1), Jordan Flynn (0-2); Aidan O’Shea, Tommy Conroy, Ryan O’Donoghue (0-2, frees). Subs: Diarmuid Duffy for Reid, Paul Towey (0-2) for Conroy, Cillian O’Connor (1-0, penalty) for O’Shea, Donnacha McHugh for Tuohy, Stephen Coen for Boland.

Who was our MOTM against Galway? Pick your top three performers

  • Fergal Boland (29%, 926 Votes)
  • Paddy Durcan (14%, 438 Votes)
  • Sam Callinan (13%, 394 Votes)
  • Eoghan McLaughlin (8%, 237 Votes)
  • Jordan Flynn (8%, 236 Votes)
  • Jack Carney (7%, 231 Votes)
  • Bob Tuohy (3%, 100 Votes)
  • Ryan O'Donoghue (3%, 86 Votes)
  • David McBrien (3%, 80 Votes)
  • Conor Reid (2%, 76 Votes)
  • Jack Coyne (2%, 62 Votes)
  • Colm Reape (2%, 55 Votes)
  • Rory Brickenden (2%, 54 Votes)
  • Paul Towey (1%, 40 Votes)
  • Aidan O'Shea (1%, 31 Votes)
  • Stephen Coen (1%, 24 Votes)
  • Tommy Conroy (1%, 22 Votes)
  • Cillian O'Connor (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Diarmuid Duffy (1%, 18 Votes)
  • Donnacha McHugh (0%, 15 Votes)

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107 thoughts on “Galway 0-10 Mayo 2-12: positive opening round performance

  1. At no point is it often enough that we beat Galway.

    Lots of positives and no daft wife open defense that you could stroll through at will.

    2 points.

  2. It was a satisfying game and a positive performance but it means nothing in the grand scheme of things.
    Galway have a lot of improving to do and they will.

  3. Congratulations to Boland, a great statement to Mcstay and Co should never have been dropped.

  4. Thought Jack Carney had one of his best games for us today. Worked all the way to the end and fitting he had the last day on the scoreboard.

    Thought the newer lads, Tuohy and Reid, had good starts before fading. Fine efforts.

    Jordan Flynn is now close to a complete half forward.

    Thought Galway would be well up for this game, even with the injuries. But they didn’t seem to fancy it. Having Conroy on for the second half was one of the few bright points for them. Hard to see Dublin being as apathetic on Saturday night.

    Six games left to get two more wins, or even a win and a draw. Nice job.

  5. Also doubt there’ll be too many 8 point wins in what looks a tight division, so a nice boost for the scoring difference.

  6. Sorry, final point-very early days, and against disinterested opponents, but a real edge and work rate to our closing down and tackling today. A welcome throwback to the 2010’s!

  7. Great performance by Fergal today. Durcan, Flynn, Callinan all excellent. McBrien solid, the few times he was called into action.

    O’Shea is now 16 years on the panel. Why put a near 34 year old man in at corner forward? He has never shown the instinct of a CF. An outstanding servant to Mayo over the years, but that position does him, nor the team, any help.

    Meanwhile Paul Towey came on for the last ten minutes and popped over 2 quick points. He’s just a born forward.

    Really hope we get a string of games of Towey – Conroy – ROD starting in the full forward line. They know where the posts are.

  8. Strong performances today from where we needed them to come from.
    Brickenden at the back – he was improving every game last year before injury. Strong today and it releases Callinan to 6
    Callinan – The most asked question in Mayo over the winter. Who plays 6? Question answered emphatically today.
    Boland – Contributed 0-3 today in a half forward line that came up with 0-6 in total. Will be a big confidence boost for him.
    Towey – 2 lovely scores. Again it will be a huge confidence boost for him.
    I thought Carney had a strong game today also.

    The main thing today is management seemed to have addressed the things we needed to most:

    Every time Galway ran through the middle they were crowded out. Progress.
    We were very good in midfield around the breaking ball. Progress.
    The half forward line all contributed to the scoreboard. Progress.
    No goal chances coughed up. Real Progress.

    Lots to improve on. We were a bit sloppy with the ball at times in the second half. We looked sound enough defensively which was a huge plus.

    Mind the House at all costs.

  9. Towey hit two points – one off his left and the other off his right. That alone sets him apart. We have been crying out for such a corner-forward, so let’s not look a gift horse .. … …..

  10. Well that was woeful from our point of view…
    Driving back to Tuam a discussion amongst the four in the car came up with a few points we were all in agreement..
    Mayo were very impressive, very well conditioned and hungry from the throw in..
    They played a strong team but most importantly played all players in right positions.
    They had a kick out strategy.
    They were direct and very strong in the tackle.

    Galway were non of the above..
    Doesn’t matter who was missing we looked like we were set up similar to a junior B team.
    Kick outs were terrible, lost every battle on the field, kicked terrible wides , no fight, and no structure whatsoever.
    We also agree that Galway are in a relegation scrap and our management are on their last legs..
    The only happy Galway man in Pearse today was Joe Canney !

  11. Congratulations to the team abs management.. Always great to beat Galway and it will make staying in division a lot easier. Bur it’s championship that counts and we know what happened last year. We need to beat Dublin next week if we want things to be different in the championship. We’ll done to Fergal Boland. He shows a lot of character to come back and do that. He is a very intelligent player but cannot win his own ball which he will have to do in summer to make a difference. He will be dependent on AOS or Cillian to lay it off to him.

  12. Well from a Galway point of view Mayo were miles ahead in many facets. Reape, McBrien, Durcan(best player on the pitch) and Tuohy better than anything we had. Relying on Paul Conroy to get us going a bad sign. Towey with a very good cameo as well.
    On the Ryan O’Donoghue thing Willie Joe and I’ve said it in the past he seems to look for a free all the time when he gets possession. The one before the black card wasn’t a free, he grabbed the players arm and to be fair Sean Hurson was right beside it. His problem mow is that he’s not getting frees including the ones he’s due. Refs review games and watch for that stuff. He’s a brilliant corner forward and scorer and should focus on that.

  13. A lot of positives
    Stability at 6.Callianan kept Walsh quiet, tough marker to shake off, intelligent a nd incisive distributor of ball..
    solid full back line. All three are tough nuts to crack.
    Tuohy / Reid not overawed
    Old warriors O Shea and COC still play a vital role. I thought O Shea was tripped by Galway goalkeeper early on.
    Flynn looking like a man that would dig you out of a hole.
    Carney man of match for me by a country mile. Outstanding reading of the game from start to finish.
    Boland, calmclean hero

  14. Why doesn’t management play Paul Towey more often? A natural scorer as he proved today. Supply him with the ball , and usually he scores. Himself, O’Donoghue, Conroy should start. Dangerous forward line

  15. Thought Fergal Boland was outstanding but young Conor Reid deserves a shout out as well. Won ball and handled a lot with a real calmness.

  16. On negative side
    Eoghan brilliantly exciting and willing to run and make himself available. Has habit of giving away frees compare to Callinan.
    Discipline. ROD should have got a free and didn’t. Response very negative, lucky not red.
    One other plus
    We managed the last quarter well. Good subs and finished strongly

  17. I don`t want to grouch but am a bit disapointed we only drew the second half.
    Was hoping our fellas would let loose and kick over afew long-range points.
    Anyway ,,,,,,,,,,, on we go.

  18. I’m not getting carried away by this result. We all remember last years championship. The half forward line was very good. The defence was excellent but I wonder how much galway put in to this. That’s not near what they are capable of. No Kelly. Comer. We played a championship team. But having said that we played more positive football today. Two negative s for me. Why will aos not stay inside. Why is reape coming out so far. We seen the Derry keeper getting caught last night. It’s crazy stuff.

  19. Great win today and am i right in thinking the last 8 meetings of mayo and Galway are 7 to 1 in mayo’s favour a stat that should keep pj awake at night for a while. Great intensity from mayo and decent ball retention considering conditions and as @tuamstar said it doesn’t matter who Galway were missing they should have been able to show a bit better than that. Was it 2020 or 21 we had 14 or 15 injuries at the same time and we were told to just get on with it. Well done to Boland and delighted to see towey get a chance and don’t think anyone getting carried away and we are entitled to enjoy a good performance when it comes along especially seeing as how quickly things can change.

  20. Conor Reid and all the youngsters played well today ,Towey is a finisher Boland welcome back fella we don’t have too much good forwards in mayo that these two should gone without championship last year

  21. Think the 2nd half today was fairly sloppy all ‘round. A lot of unforced errors. I guess Galway had to push it and weren’t able to get back into it and Mayo just did enough to keep them at arm’s length. The penalty put a gloss on the score line.

    @Tuamstar, Galway didn’t really look interested. I’d be worried for you if they had. It’s not even February. It’s completely irrelevant. I know a few ppl close to the Gal set up and I know they’ve been doing heavy training. I know we were missing a few lads today but Galway were missing absolutely key players. Leaders in Kelly, Comer and McD. Add them in, totally different team.

  22. NextYear, Towey was turned over very easily in his first bit of action. Granted, he did very well after that, but his lack of physicality and easy turnovers are the reasons he doesn’t get more game time in my opinion.

  23. ROD needs to control the temper a little. When he’s motoring well he adds a lot to the attack. We didn’t pose the same threat when he was off

  24. If I ever had to watch a Mayo team play as that Galway team did today against the nearest rivals, I would be livid. Padraic Joyce must be sick, they really looked like they couldn’t give a continental – I just don’t understand it when getting to pull on your county jersey to show up like give performance like that. They were bet all over the field and couldn’t pick one who brought the fight to it for them, possibly at a stretch Paul Conroy.

    Great for us to get the 2 points, hard judge much from it you’d think as Galway so bad.

  25. Predicted finish after round 1;

    1. Mayo
    2. Derry
    3. Kerry
    4. Monaghan
    5. Tyrone
    6. Dublin
    7. Roscomon
    8. Galway

    Kerry are benefiting from a definite timeline on the Cliffords return. Dublin and Galway suffering from a lack of clarity there. Tyrone’s discipline is holding them back, and that the Rossies couldn’t take advantage of it doesn’t bode well. Monaghan’s firepower an issue – you can’t score 3 goals every week.

    In terms of preparation for the season to come a League Final against a Derry or Monaghan would be a good runout in Croker, and one we shouldn’t turn our noses up on.

    As people are rightly pointing out it is only January, but we have also pretty convincingly won January.

    And as Barry Cullinane and Tony Lean pointed out between them last week – Kevin McStay made a statement recently about who we are and where we see our place in the world – and his players emphatically backed that statement up today.

  26. Very satisfying that. Back to basics: hunger, ravenous hunger, manifested in a slew of turnovers all over the field, and mopping up a huge amount of breaking ball. Movement very good from 1 to 15 and beyond. Some good score taking too.

    Liked the look of Reid and Duffy, the two newbies, one big, strong and mobile, the other very nippy, with an ability to take on and beat his man.

    Negatives? Should Ryan and Tommy have played? Sigerson took its toll, and Ryan’s decision-making was questionable on a number of fronts.

  27. Conor Reid very good, Athletic, mobile and not afraid to get stuck in to the opposition that’s whats needed guys with edge he needs to bring that every day

  28. I like to play it down too and this win today doesnt mean a lot but come on now this craic about Mayo v Galway , we have their number and its becoming a habit , they might well go further than our bucks this year but they will find it hard to get a win over us . Mayo will not doubt themselves against Galway , the rehersal went as planned like last yesr in league final thats called putting down a marker and as difficult as we might find to be comfortable with it as supporters , its the truth , the wins speak for themselves .

  29. @Sean Burke
    Keep the predictions coming!
    The only worse prediction I ever heard was that weatherman in England Michael Fish in 1987 where he said there was no storm coming and the place was nearly blown in two that same night.

  30. It is hard to find fault today. We ran into contact a few times that allowed turnover. Ryan needs to be more disciplined but it is hard to be so when taking abuse. Gave away a few soft frees but ref might be more to blame than the lads. Don’t see we have to change the backs. Aidan might be the most vulnerable in the forwards. Mid field played well. A good day at the office.

  31. I agree with In The City , Mind The House, & OnTheDitch, Jack Carney was a top man today.
    I think we have a key position nailed down.
    He’s a top class link man, very comfortable on the ball, a great distributor of the ball, strong, covers
    a lot of defensive ground too!
    The best player on the field today by some distance.

  32. Great win and I don’t think any of us are getting carried away. We all know what counts at the end of the day and that’s championship.

    But it was still a great win any day we beat Galway especially in salt hill is a good day!

    Colm reape was good for us again today, calinan already showing potential to be permanent in the number 6 for the year anyway..

    Delighted for fergal Bowland he should start for us again v Dubs to what a player full of confidence and can score..

    Why is it whenever we win it’s you don’t win all Irelands in Jan and when we loose we are bottlers or the other team just didn’t play well haha

    Early days for sure but a lot of positives for sure to though.. thought Diarmuid Duffy did well when he came on to for his debut he has a lot of potential!

  33. Well folks im the worst gambler you could ever meet but i do try my best . I predicted kerry , dublin , galway and roscommon to win this weekend , i mean i didnt even think it was possible to predict all four games wrong

  34. Mayonaze, try tell that to the Galway supporters who travel to games .. I understand that Galway are trying to time their run a little this year and mind their key players but what’s extremely worrying was how tactically we were wiped out today.. kick outs were woeful.. I was in the Dome for the first two games and I left it last week saying that O Currain aside absolutely no one would be involved in our opening game.. when I saw D’Arcy named a feared the worst and he was completely played out if position and left on Mayos fastest player which cost us the first goal..
    Now PJ has achieved so much in game and has been brilliant for Galway but if he persist in playing players out of position then he/ we are in serious trouble..
    The Roscommon game next week is a relegation battle now..
    On a side jack Carney was superb today..

  35. Ya well done lads couldn’t ask for much more for first game of season in their backyard and as per normal in that venue was a major breeze .
    Thought Reape was decent, he’s not most solid under high ball bit ok, coyne I thought was superb and he’s not getting too many mentions but the way he closes down and distribution was superb aswell as the pressure he put on their kick outs when he was nearly a halfforward .
    Mcbrien oozes class and Brickedeen done well but easier beaten by pacer forward who came on.
    Halfbacks were top drawer, paddy and Sam are superb eoin growing into his role, more football he gets the better .
    Reid showed well for first day, Tuohy is that good that he will own that position for years to come .
    Delighted for Boland , Carney very impressed by maturity and leadership, was worried about him and maybe will be different against a blanket team or next time out v duns but we’ll done .
    Flynn is showing a level of consistency to be one of best in country, but needs to check his temper as teams and refs will know about it only too well .
    AOS is Aos and probably he and Cillian will share that role but I’d imagine if cillian hits full fitness the roles will be reversed .
    Tommy disappointing but again more football the better for him .
    ROD needs to chill out a bit and show his class , he’s hell of a footballer but no need to get distracted with lads picking at him . Maybe as said earlier of the sigersons he’s the man who could get a rest after the Dub game.
    Well done Paul Towey , couldn’t ask for more and like boland, he’s a point to prove.
    Cillian is cillian is class defined and what a peno, let’s get this man fit and it’s there for all to see but see how he tried playing in young lads and brought control and measure , a definite leader and a man who keen to get the no13 shirt back

  36. Sean I wasn’t far behind you. Had Dublin,Meath Sligo to win . Kerry v Derry as a draw as well as Tyrone roscommon and Cork v Donegal. Only result I got right was. Leitrim, Wexford, Down and Armagh.

  37. Fair enough Tuamstar, but if you’re gonna play poorly then Jan is the time to do it. Way too early in the year to form opinions on anyone or any team. Galway were 6/1this morning for Sam. They moved to 13/2 this evening. Mayo unchanged at 8/1. I agree there’s a bit of pressure on Joyce. I think he has done a very decent job since taking over. Went incredibly close two years ago. I still think they’ll be in the shake up in the summer once Kelly, Comer and McDaid are back in…and Silke. The FBD is nothing and tbh, the league isn’t far off in terms of relevance toward championship. Look at Tyrone in ‘21. Destroyed in Kerry, shipping 5 goals. Went home with the prize when it mattered.

    Carney had a solid game for us today but he still has a bit to go and as McStay said, management’s eye is on these lads, like Carney, who have had their ‘bedding in season’s’ and it’s time now to move to the next level. Flynn was in that category last year and he stepped up. Carney needs to follow suit in 2024. And I’d include a few others there too. McBrien, McHugh, Hession (if he can get on the pitch), Coyne and Towey. Some of these lads are further along than others.

  38. ROD is a vital player but he should have left at least two of those frees from outside the 45 to Reape. I know we had the wind yada yada but he should have known better. I hope management will have a word with him about that.

    “Galway were disinterested” – Absolute hogwash.

  39. @Mayo45 I agree with you Ryan O D is a class act but found it odd when reape was coming up to take the free and Ryan O D was like I’ll take it then reape walked back commentators on tg4 actually laughed at that.. Ryan O D is still a top class forward though lucky to have him.

    All I heard this week was Galway are well up for this.. They will probably still make quarter finals for Sam I’d say though.

  40. I thought ROD was very poor today. Stupid black card, taking frees out of his range, no scores from play, multiple turnovers. He’s our best forward but his form for most of last year was patchy too. Hopefully he can improve as the league goes on.

  41. I’m glad McStay and co saw the error of their ways from last year by giving Towey and in particular Boland time on the pitch. They are the very type of players we need on the team when we face a blanket defence. Lads that can kick it over the bar and blanket from 40mtrs. Thinking of Louth and Cork .

  42. Despite the caveats, early in the year, weakened and poor Galway team etc., without getting carried away, there were a lot of positives from the game. Boland’s score taking and overall performance,Coyne’s and Brickendens’ development, Callinan slotting seamlessly into CHB-he is a great tackler and made for that position,Carney fulfilling his potential-close to MOTM for me and a nice cameo from Towey, altho’ I still remain to be convinced that he can cope with the Championship physicality. Our defensive structure looks much better and beginning to look settled. What really pleases me is the number of tall physical players we now have, which gives us a better chance of getting and keeping possession. Special mention to our young guns, Tuohy, Reid and Duffy, who all impressed and all are tall, athletic and mobile. Add in McHugh, Hession, D O’C, Mattie, Plunkett, O’Hora and, hopefully, a few more bolsters and the future beginning to look brighter. Now for the Dubs.

  43. @Clare – Another thing I find absolutely baffling is when we have a free from way out like the ones Ryan dropped short, why in the name of God don’t we have one or two big lads ready to anticipate the ball potentially dropping short and challenge for the ball, punch it over the bar, whatever. I know people will say that players have to be set in position for the resulting kickout, but I’d argue that the rewards far outweigh the risk of losing possession from a kickout just because some players might be out of position. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about, even though it’s not from a free, it’s from an attempt to get a point from distance, but DO’C was there to punch it in after timing his run perfectly:

  44. Can people not praise a few players or the team without being accused of getting carried away, Jesus Christ 😀
    I honestly don’t think any Mayo supporter in their right mind will ever get carried away again unless we’re winning by 10 points in an All-Ireland final with 30 seconds left on the clock.

  45. Can’t ask for much more on the last week of January. Coyne and McBrien were solid. Paddy showed why he’s still the captain. Always made himself an option for the ball. Galway never looked like threatening the goal. Movement through the middle was well ahead of last summer even. Good to see the long-range shooters getting on the ball and going for it. Tactically we looked well set up. No brainless kicking under panic either. Held on to the ball when needed and frustrated Galway. Aidan O’Shea continues to roll back the years. If we can keep on a gradual upward trajectory without anything like last year’s flameout we should be confident of a lengthy run into the championship. The other teams are there for the taking. We should not be fearing anyone.

    Walking into Salthill and nearly being blown off the footpath I was expecting a dire game of football but was pleasantly surprised at how much intensity Mayo brought into the first half against such challenging conditions.

    So much for Monaghan and Tyrone bringing up the rear. Dublin and Kerry both edged out at home. Could be an interesting league yet

  46. @mayonaze.can you explain how the league “isn’t far off nothing”. I fully understand that when the championship starts the league probably won’t be talked about but to use the above description is lunacy. For me if mayo lose in the fbd it doesn’t mean anything and won’t affect anyone come championship but imagine losing 7 games in a row in the league and then facing into championship with everyone calling for heads because make no mistake that would be the scenario and if as you say it means nothing this would be acceptable to some and add to that as i stated on another thread heading to division 2 and the danger of division 3 and Tailteann cup.

  47. @Mayo45 yeah totally agree.. But I do agree maybe Ryan O D got a bit irritated today with the black card but the opposition are always going to go after him cause he is one of our best players and one of the top forwards in the country tbh so it’s gonna happen.

    I have all the time in the world for Ryan O D he’s top class and a gent but feel he should have let Reape take that free when he walked up the pitch to take it.

    But it was a good start for us today bring on the dubs….

  48. The free taking IMO is not Ryan’s fault. That’s a tactical decision that should not be in players hands, should all be agreed and known before team sets foot on pitch.

  49. @Gizmobobs that’s a fair point..

    Free taking should def be agreed on by management before game for sure….

  50. @Gizmobobs – I don’t want to come across as blaming anyone or saying someone is at fault in this situation. I think the only way to resolve it is on the training ground. Get the free takers together to practice shots from range with and against the wind and see who has the most success. There was indecisiveness there today over those frees in the 2nd half.

  51. Delighted with Colm Reape’s mature performance. His mental strength was evident last year and it’s continuing to shine through.

    He’s earned an opportunity to exorcise some more of last year’s demons next weekend against the Dubs.

    I said yesterday I was glad to be playing the Dubs at home but tonight I’m disappointed we don’t have the opportunity to carry today’s performance into Croker.

  52. I think Ryan was trying to take responsibility but those frees were on the very edge of his range and anything outside the 45 should be taken by reape

  53. Let’s rewind to Tommy conroy s injury. A public outcry at him playing intercounty and sigerson in a week. Will he not be playing sigerson quarter final this Wednesday. Towy should have started. Are we really learning anything. We need to start more of the fringe players. It’s all about championship

  54. @Frost the hammer still stand by my choice of our number 1cgoakie and it is reape… Hennelly has been a great servant to mayo but honestly think reape is our guy.

    I suppose only thing a half empty Croker game against the dubs in Jan is depressing I think casebar probably better venue at least we might get more of a home crowd I’d hope haha..

    Delighted though by our guys today tbh.

  55. The one negative from today is our full forward line combined didn’t score one point from play , an old failing of mayo football

  56. Not happy with reape coming out the field. Maybe that’s the in thing in other county s. Why do we have to copy them. When it goes wrong it’s kamikaze stuff. When it goes OK.. whats really to gain. The risk far outways the other

  57. James. What full forward line. Aos would not stay in there. Does he do as.he.likes.

  58. Good win today and it ended up being a lot easier than expected. Early days of course and no one will be getting carried away – we have after all learned that lesson well over the years. Mayo looked fitter and stronger than Galway and it was encouraging to see the team play with some real physicality again.

    Callinan gets my vote for MOTM, thought he was excellent today at 6 and he’s turning into a real powerhouse of a player. Delighted too for Boland, he can take his score and find a pass – goes to show you don’t have to be able to run all day to be a good footballer.

  59. I’ll always stick by my matra that the league doesn’t matter, and it’s championship where I judge our season. But to be fair to everyone involved, today was impressive. Them 2 points are gold dust, and 2 i never thought we’d get.

    I was very impressed with our game management, taking the sting out of it and recycling the ball when needed. I dont think we are as fit as were this time last year, but we definetley had more hunger than Galway and showed like we wanted to win the most, especially the breaking ball.

    All players done well and especially the lads making their debuts. I’d hold off on lavishing praise on certain players just yet.

    Galway had zero bite in them today and afforded us “league space” that won’t be there come championship. As I said last night on here, theirs no doubting Bolands skill, as evidenced by 2 very classy points, we’ve seen this before. But its the white heat of championship where his limitations come to the fore, i.e gets bottled up far too often and coughs up posession.

    Tommy didn’t set the worl on fire, but he will be just fine. He’s a hard ground race horse. Heavy slippy winter pitches never suit him.

    To Tuamstar, chesney and Big Mike – I wouldn’t be panicking, it really is only Jamuary. PJ seems to be doing the slow build up which is no harm. Galway will be a completely different animal come May/June.

  60. Agreed just now it would be nice to have a crack at dubs in croker but one step at time , let’s get set defensively and build from there .
    For me coyne and mcbrien are nailed on, brickedeen is fine player but can be tested v dubs, I think he’d go toe to toe with costello but any of the others maybe too wirey for him . Could be a game for Hession or Mcdonagh.
    Paddy, Sam and Eoin be no worries there unless you wanted to play Eoin in a free forward role dropping deep and play a more defined halfback at 7.
    Midfield deserve another run out but maybe a little cuteness needed in there but full credit to lads showed well today .
    Halforward line picks itself .
    Full forward line as I say maybe sacrifice one of them for a free role outfield and or add cillian .
    Towey for impact from bench and if he does it again then start no doubt but I’d resist urge to start v dubs anyhow .

  61. Same oul shite from a couple of posters who don’t want Mayo to win,we were excellent to day,give respect to our players and management

  62. Big downside from today, a starting fullforward line that looked very good on paper didnt score from play against a very poor fullback line.

  63. Callinan reminded me a lot of Lee Keegan today – the power to burst at pace, the running style, his power for such a young lad. Hopefully he goes on to progress something like Lee did – we’ll be very lucky to have had two players like that, one after the other.

  64. 100% Corick

    If Mayo won the All Ireland there’d still be some lads complaining about Paddy’s winning speech,ticket prices or the homecoming.

    It really is a disease.

  65. Found it gard to get excited about the upcoming season, renewed the season ticket late in the day but still made my way to Salthill and pleasantly surprised at our performance.
    I thought that our defence played well and enjoyed the tenacity shown by Coyne, O’brien and Callinan, Carney stood up as did Flynn. They just need to keep it going but looking forward now to welcoming the AI champions to McHale Park on the bank Holiday weekend.

  66. Our full forward may not have scored but they were a massive influence on the game, whereas Galway’s might have kicked a score or two but you would be hard pressed to say who exactly was supposed to be playing those positions.

    The weather spared Galway’s blushes today – a dry ball, kick our frees and there was 5-20 out there for us today – or at least there should have been. And those questions are still not answered – nor are they likely to ever be. That’s just the way the football tides turn.

  67. I’d be very inclined to agree Corick Bridge.
    Not sure what people expect, but beating our biggest rivals, by 8 points at their home ground, while they are being managed by arguably their finest leader in living memory is for me a good day out.
    It’s only the first game of the league, it maybe its the little victories.

  68. We haven’t won an AIF in a long time and given away soft ones so we are fully entitled to be critical. Boland, Tuohy, Reid, McLoughlin and Carney all gave top class performances today. But the FF line were poor, hoping to see big improvement there next outing

  69. @Mayo45

    We actually did do it – I spotted AOS around the square on Reape’s early 45 – I’ll try and keep on it in my re-watch but my assumption would be that we stopped doing after Reape kicked that one wide but with plenty of distance.

  70. It doesn’t matter Culmore where the scores come from as long as we get them.
    0-6 from the Half Forward line is as good a return as we’ve had in a while no doubt. The Forward line will have their day.
    I thought we looked decent enough defensively today. We weren’t wide open through the middle which is progress of sorts. A word for Jack Coyne who goes about his business with the minimum of fuss. He takes up good positions defensively and puts the hand in at the right time. He would make a good pickpocket.

    The Dubs will send a full mob next week no doubt so let’s see where we are after that.
    Poor old PJ. 1 win in 9 against Mayo as manager.

  71. @no doubt, thanks for implying I’m a lunatic..!! But if you look back at what I said and read the sentence in full then you should see that what I said was that the league isn’t far off [nothing] in terms of relevance toward championship. Those last 6 words are very different from calling the league nothing, full stop. The facts are there to back that up, no need for me to explain. To counter that, I’m sure someone could point to a team who wins the league and goes on to win Sam but that’s rare…anyway, it’s just my opinion.

  72. Everyone wants mayo to win . Find new players. Use the league for that purpose. We coasted through the league last year. Did we fund anything out about ourselves to help us in the real deal. In fact the top 4 teams in the league had a bad championship. Maybe galway are thinking different this year. We played a championship team today. The performance was brilliant but the big picture is championship. Two keeper s caught out over the weekend. Derry s and donegal s. Take warning mayo.

  73. Ya coyne reminds me of Harrison with a bit of ray connelly in him , tenacious but safe as houses with ball in hand .
    The no 4 spot in theory is made for a speed demon like enda hession , but having the option of utility men (in a good way) in second fullbacks like Brickedeen or Mcdonagh.
    For me Mcdonagh, has the pace power height and football ability to play the role so great to have options .
    Halfbacks as always spoilt for choice .

    Word for few lads who weren’t in squad but are experienced men who will get a bit of rest bite but yet hopefully come back chomping at the bite.
    Diarmuid, Loftus, O Hora, Ruane, hennelly, darren McHale, Orme, Carr to a degree the coens, there’s fair strength and depth before you go into the rising stars like Irwin and the emerging u20s from few years ago

  74. @Margie, Boland is the best number 10 in Mayo. League or championship. No debate. He’s the opposite of Diarmuid and Ruane and McDonagh who just run the ball every time. On top of a half back line whose first instinct is to run hard. He’s a like for like replacement for Kevin Mc. Clever, heads-up, excellent long distance kicker. Ryan O’D is slight and gets turned over, it doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t start or isn’t “championship” standard. They both just need to learn how to mind themselves.

  75. @craggy boland jeez … Take a win when we can especially over Galway in salthill (I know they would if they beat us) we have enough dark days Following mayo..

    Yes only January sure…. Only league

    But I can only imagine the comments on here tonight if we had lost..

    I know I’m optimistic but that was one of the best mayo displays I’ve seen in a while in league… You can argue oh Galway were missing players maybe so (they had their Shane Walsh though…..)

    The thing that impressed me was Sam calinan number 6.. Fergal Bowland (never should have been dropped), colm reape number one for me… Diarmuid Duffy is a huge potential great player for us well done to him on his debut Tonight…

    Bob Touhy also… Early days only league Sam is where it’s matters but I can’t find fault tonight in our guys (other then eejits from other counties that’s mayos all Ireland..)

  76. – Galway were generous, they give us plenty of space, loads of time on the ball and offered no physicality.
    – It was like the proverbial Teddy Bears pinic compared to other matches with Galway, remember the physicality a number of years back when both O Connors got red cards.
    – Anyhow who knows what Galway’s plans are maybe they are all out focused on Championship.
    – Mayo on the other hand were agressive in the tackle and won a huge amount of turn over ball. They also played more as a unit.
    – Way too early to be judging anyone or any system from today’s match though.
    – Paddy showed that he maybe getting his form back, he was influential particularly in the second half, he was unbelievably left unmarked for most of it.
    – Credit to Boland for putting his stamp on the match.
    – Sat v Dubs will be a different ball game. Yes, Craggy to the question you asked on earlier thread.

  77. Galway where generous thats an exsuce now. (why can’t aimw mayo people just admit we were actually good today) saying Galway were crap is an exsuce. We actually played pretty well today..

    Paddy durcan showed he maybe getting his form back with a man of a match display? OK then… Paddy did get a bad injury last year…..

    Mayo will be well up for the dubs next week again mayo by a few points.

  78. Bizarrely poor and lacklustre performance from Galway today when they should have been gunning for us. No aggression or drive. Made us look a little better than we were, so don’t anyone be getting too excited. I’d say we had well over 60% possession in the first half and it would have been good to see it better reflected on the scoreboard.

    That said, you can only beat what’s in front of you and we did that emphatically which was great. I thought we defended very well and won midfield at a canter. Very impressed with Conor Reid,Bob Tuohy and Diarmuid Duffy.

    Thrilled for Fergal Boland. Have always said his movement and intelligence is top notch and the pass in to McLaughlin for the goal was lovely. Plus he’s well able to shoot accurately from distance and god knows that’s a gift with which we are not heavily endowed. Happy to see Towey score twice and off both feet, it will do his confidence good but the jury is still out around his physicality. Tommy C needs game time, thought he was very quiet today. Happy enough to see scores coming from the HF line to be honest. Very impressed with Reape’s assurance today too. RO’D will have better days.

    Thought Hurson was very poor but that is fairly standard for him.

    Maybe it was just the aftermath of a heavy training block and yes, it’s January, but you’d sense all the same that all is not quite as it should be in the Galway camp. Surely they would – should -have been targeting a win against us, especially after last year? The news of Cooke’s non-involvement this year raises eyebrows. Shane Walsh pulled up about 10 minutes from the end too. We’ll see in time, I guess.

    All in all, a grand day.

  79. Ah gotcha…I was racking my brain. Donnacha is definitely worth some league game time. Maybe one of those players whose versatility could come against him.
    Can do a Job anywhere from no.2 to 9.

  80. The penalty definitely glossed over the scoreline. I think Mayo were good at times, but christ tonight Galway were awful poor and while it’s very early doors I think they will struggle in the league. The pressure won’t be long coming on Joyce, and because there big men (Comer, Walsh) are so injury prone it’s not a given they will have a clean bill of health in the summer. I wouldn’t read too much into the result on Mayo’s behalf, but I like the look of that midfield pairing. Will be a different story in McHale park next weekend.

  81. Clare. I’ll take the win for sure and the performance but lord God did anyone ever see galway so poor. Let’s get safe in div one and zone in on the real deal. Sam maguire. Try as many players as possible. As in start them.

  82. Tubberman, I thought I saw shades of Lee Keegan in Sam Callinan today too – intelligent, brave, tenacious, backs himself, takes things on, gives a feeling of being safe as houses. Let’s see how it goes. Go on Sam.

  83. Tough to decide on the top 3 in the Mayo MotM award… changed my a few times
    … ended up with I voted for 3 out of the top 4. .. Great start to the league…in truth disappointed with the Galway effort.. They badly need Damien Comer and Sean Kelly real leaders in the team.. Anyway fantastic display from Mayo.. very little to separate the top 10 player’s for Mayo today… and some very promising new kids on the block.

  84. Keepers in the first round are playing a very dangerous game.

    We have to watch that.Good all round game from Carney.

    Those 2 points could be very valuble yet. Better to play in Castlebar next week than in an empty Croker. They are beatable for sure. Let see how it goes.

  85. Im wondering where all the posters are who scathed this team for getting beat by London??
    Only joking !

    Let’s not get too high about this one and get too low about the losses. The reality is we are right in the mix in the top 5/6. We haven’t fallen off a cliff like Galway did for many years. That Donegal did post Jim (not for long). Tyrone did after their all Ireland (no harm in that). There is 25/26 counties who would love to be in our position. We haven’t had a dip since 2011 and that is testament to the players and management since then and indeed the much maligned county board.

    We have gone nowhere and we don’t realise how lucky we are to be in the conversation every year and still the hottest ticket in town in terms of entertainment and eccentricity.

    Buckle down and enjoy the ride and appreciate this team and amazing county.

  86. A special word for Colm Reape today. Galway went after his kick out and he got the majority of them away.
    Also thought Jack Coyne and Brickendon were unsung heroes. A different test in Kilkenny/Con/Costello next weekend but judging on the two games we are a little bit ahead of them on the curve at the moment.

  87. Good result yesterday with plenty of positives. That said, it has to be tempered with the knowledge that was a weaker than normal Galway team, who didn’t perform.
    We’ll take it.
    The great thing about the league is that there is every chance all four winning teams will lose next weekend. I don’t mean I want us to lose – just saying how great the competition is!

  88. On a final note, one would get annoyed at the constant moaning among our fans about referees. I thought Sean Hurson was good yesterday. The many frees we gave away were needless. Ryan’s card was deserved. We were lucky that we didn’t have another black for Conor Reid. Penalty was soft. Hurson definitely didn’t impact the outcome of the game. Have we had bad refereeing decisions go against us in the past? Most definitely. Yesterday wasn’t one of those days. We need to stop whinging about the man in the middle.

  89. Have to Agree Tommy+Joe, thought Hurson did ok. Petulant stuff from ROD similar to the Sean Kelly debacle last year. Could have been Red. In his defence he was manhandled beforehand and deserved a free.
    AOS not quick enough at FF. Should have palmed the first chance or punched over bar. Tommy C very quiet but was well marshalled. Overall Very Impressive display to secure Deux points.

  90. Good start to the league, a lot of positives and a lot to work on as well. New players fitted in nicely, the established all played well. For the league I was hoping for new players to be tried out, more direct attack, beat Galway and then win the home games and that would be a good solid league so a good first day out.
    Reape had a good day, kickouts went well and he was useful playijg as a sweeper and carrying the ball out, both of which would not suit Hennelly if he was there.
    Defence were solid, and were all good on the ball, especially beating there men to get the ball out and up the field.
    Midfield and Forwards all won there battles, very good on the all and heads were up looking to kick in which was great.
    Hopefully Tommy Conroy can play himself into a bit of form cause he isnt going to well yet, and thats including Sigerson. Eoghan McLoughlin showed why he can be such a threat, got his goal and Galway found it hard to keep track of him, but he also had his few way ward kicks, just after the goal he went through again and kicked bad wide and gave a bad kick pass in the second half, his hand passing wasn’t great, he like T Conroy needs as much matches as they can get.
    Boland had a good first day out, but people need to calm a bit on him and build him up too much, everyone thinks now they all knew he should have always been in the team, he deserves his chance now and hopefully gets the full league campaign and see how he goes, the one thing I would worry about is his size, Dublin and Kerry would target him on kick outs, and if gets wrapped up in a tackle has the size to get out of it, I know its harsh to be questioning him already but its just to keep hype down really, and hopefully he has a good league now.

  91. On that bad kick pass from Eoghan @Tommy while it was misdirected, it was Eoghan who got back to get the block in as the move developed towards our goal… can’t remember if they scored from 45 or not but it showed his commitment to atone for his mistake which is commendable.

  92. It’s very hard to buy much into yesterday apart from a brilliant performance on the day against a galway team that I have to say didn’t look too bothered and were light a few top players. Coyne was excellent. I’m not getting carried away after what I seen happening last year. People can call it negative or running down the team or management all they want. Any man that’s been watching mayo for a so called 60 years surely cannot be that blinkered. Has there not been enough false dawns in the history of mayo football. 2023 being the last one. I’m afraid it will a.hell of a lot more than yesterday to convince me. Like play like that in the championship where it really matters.

  93. Looking forward now to the Roscommon game and seeing how ye get on against the All-Ireland Champions who looked leggy yesterday so certainly they will have to up it to beat Mayo but of course they are capable of that. Joyce slated now but tempered with the its only January which I have to take a deep breath and agree with but surely we can only improve from the Mayo performance. Someone I knows father managed Galway and it was torturous so its never been an easy job as PJ is finding out. I suppose no matter how legendary you were/are its the results that count. I’ve always liked Rochford and would not mind seeing him have a go with Galway if as likely PJ is gone at the end of this year. Also and controversial someone needs a strong word with Ryan as he will get sent off and cost ye dearly as he gets drawn into it a bit like your favourite Galway player of yesteryear Eoghan Kerin.

  94. Chesneynet,we have a great rivalry,we must always be respectful to each other ,and I always enjoy my visits to Canavens in Belclare and talking to a great Galway footballer from the sixties,Frank Canaven,I know the respect that the people of Corofin have for Stephen,I was very afraid that Galway would get him,but hopefully not before he is part of the management team who finally gets Sam to Mayo,please give P Joyce some slack,I remember when he was the difference between winning Sam or losing it,I don’t but into the fact that he hates Mayo,I know that he and C McDonald have great respect for each other,long may we both be at the top table

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