Reports in the national media on FBD matches tend to be on the pithy side but Danny Kirby’s goal haul at Ballinrobe yesterday earned him headline treatment in all three of the main dailies today. Here they are: Times, Indo, Examiner.
As usual, though, if it’s a proper match report you want the day after (or, indeed, the evening of) a game, Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser is your man. Here’s his take on the action at Ballinrobe, along with a ‘five things we learned’ piece on the game. He also grabbed some post-match audio with James Horan, where the boss did his best to sound unhappy about the lads’ flat second half performance. No, he doesn’t sound all that convincing to me either.
Are we already in the FBD final, by the way? If placings in the table are decided (like they are for World Cup qualification and so forth) by head-to-head records, then Leitrim can’t catch us and so we are in the decider. I doubt that’s the case but assuming that placings go on old-fashioned points difference (which I assume they still do) we’ll go into next Sunday’s final round of matches with a 17-point advantage over the Ridge County. For us to fail to make the final, then, we’ll need to lose heavily to Roscommon and Leitrim will need to give GMIT a good thumping as well with the respective margins needing to be big enough to wipe out that massive points difference. Better start making plans for the decider on January 29th, in other words.
Finally, thanks to PJ (again) for the above photo of Danny Kirby which, like yesterday’s one, was snapped at Flanagan Park. @MayoGAA have also tweeted a photo of the full team (courtesy of Michael Donnelly Photography) that lined out yesterday – see it here.