I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m still walking on air after Saturday’s win. Not even a day of rain over here yesterday could dampen the rampant optimism that threatens to engulf me right now. I know, of course I do, that this could be short-lived but, hey, I’m going to enjoy the feeling for now.
That article by Kieran Shannon in today’s Irish Examiner (here), which has already been linked in the comments, underscores what I’m on about. Kieran was a member of James Horan’s backroom team and his warm praise for what the current management team are doing to build on and enhance what went before is uplifting to see.
So too is Jim McGuinness’s analysis in today’s Irish Times (here). As ever, the Donegal man’s take on things is essential reading and he clearly believes we’re on the right track as we close in on another possible shot at glory. For me, the one word that jumped out from that piece in describing Saturday’s performance – one I think I was trying to haul from the dark recesses of my brain on Saturday night but couldn’t locate – was “relentless”. You got the feeling watching that second half that we’d have been happy to continue playing till midnight, safe in the knowledge that the lads would have continued to grind it out, inch by relentless inch. There, I’ve used it.
Maybe it’s a bit late in the day to be posting this but the Mayo News post-match podcast is still, if you haven’t listened to it yet, well worth the 38 or so minutes it’ll take you to do so. This is a fantastic innovation by the Mayo News this year, getting immediate and informed analysis of the game literally as the ground is emptying and it was great to hear such insightful in-the-moment analysis from the likes of Stephen Rochford, Seán Rice and Edwin McGreal (and I’m not only saying that because of the kind shout-out the latter gave me at the end of it).
If you want to listen to the podcast, it’s available here:
Speaking of the Mayo News, there’s a barrowload of coverage on Saturday’s match in it today. Here’s some of what’s there: analysis by Billy Joe Padden, post-match reaction by Daniel Carey, match-day sketch by Willie McHugh and Seán Rice’s column. Obviously there’s plenty more in the paper itself.
On Sunday I provided a link to Aidan O’Shea’s opening goal for us on Saturday so I think it’s only fair – not least given his MOTM award and his selection as the GAA Player of the Week – to do the same for Lee Keegan’s one. He definitely meant it, you know:
Finally for now, picking up on Ger Bohan’s suggestion, it’s time to give another plug to the Official Mayo GAA Players Fund Lotto. This is a hugely worthwhile initiative and one where all of us sitting on the sidelines can make a tangible contribution towards the cost of preparing the team.
So, to paraphrase Bob Geldof from all those years ago – give them your f*cking money. Not all of it, mind, but a contribution on a regular basis wouldn’t go amiss right now. Full details on how to do this are on the Mayo GAA website – here.