The football challenge against Sligo in Ballina wasn’t the only match involving the county yesterday. A bit later in the day over at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence, Mayo’s hurlers were in Connacht Hurling League action in the Dome against Leitrim.
Mayo went into this first outing of 2023 shorn of the significant services of the Tooreen contingent – who are all busily preparing for Saturday week’s All-Ireland Intermediate hurling final at Croke Park – so, as co-manager Tom Phillips explained afterwards (here), this meant handing game time to players from Caiseal Gaels, Moytura and Ballintubber.
Leitrim, who beat us in the Shield final of this competition last year, were obviously well up for yesterday’s match in the Dome. They ran out convincing winners on a scoreline of 4-23 to 1-18, thanks in no small part to a hat-trick of goals from Joe Murray. Match report from the Leitrim Observer is here.