Remember not that long ago we were the county that couldn’t score goals? A tsunami of green flags over the summer has, of course, since caused such worries to recede, with Cillian O’Connor’s goalscoring exploits now leaving him within spitting distance of becoming the leading scorer in this year’s championship, as this report in Hogan Stand notes. Paddy Power have priced the Ballintubber man at a measly 1/7 to finish top scorer in this year’s championship and it’d be a foolhardy person that would bet against him on this one at this stage.
But Cillian isn’t the only Mayo player banging in the goals at the minute. Down (or up, depending on where you’re reading this from) in Longford earlier today, the Mayo ladies team smashed five goals past Westmeath on their way to a very comprehensive 5-11 to 0-11 qualifier win and four of those majors were scored by the evergreen (and red) Cora Staunton. I do hope someone is keeping count of all the scores that Cora continues to rack up for the county because once she finishes up her tally will sure take some beating.
That win for the ladies, by the way, sees them into the All-Ireland quarter-finals where, like their male counterparts, they ended up getting paired with last year’s champions. In the ladies’ case, this means a clash with Kerry and although this is likely to prove a very tough hurdle for them to get over, any team that has the likes of Cora Staunton in its ranks will always have hopes of success.