It was an All-Ireland final, after all, so there are loads of match reports for anyone who has the heart or the inclination to read them. Honourable mention, once again, must go to Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser who had his comprehensive account of the match out in the public domain well before midnight last night. Elsewhere you can take your pick from the print media (the Indo, the Times, the Examiner and the Belfast Telegraph), the broadcasters (RTE, BBC, UTV and Setanta) or the websites (Hogan Stand and Gaelic Rising). Later in the week, of course, the Mayo News and the Western will have their spake and, when they do, I’ll add the relevant links to the site here.
(By the way, the results archive here on the site now contains details of all of this year’s minor and U21 championship games as well as all the senior league and championship matches, with the usual plethora of links to third-party match reports. Part of my off-season agenda will be to backfill these underage results for previous years as well as to keep pushing further backwards in time on the senior results).
As you’d imagine, most of the above reports are much of a muchness, which is no surprise seeing as they all cover the same 60 minutes of action. The ones in the Times and the Indo are heartening, though, in that they both contain fairly stirring after-match comments from Ray Dempsey. He said this to the Indo:
Look, I’d still rather be here than anywhere else today. I’m very proud of all of our players and we must be doing something right to be here so that’s a positive. The real cynics will have their cut at it, but at the end of the day we’ve competed. We just need to develop more of a ruthless streak when we come up here and we’ll have to do whatever we need to develop that within the whole county.
Good man, Ray, that’s exactly the talk we need. We can all feel like crap sitting there after yet another final loss but we have to keep reminding ourselves that we were good enough to make the final and we competed when we got there. The fact that this latest defeat is one that’s piled on top of all the others adds to the hurt but those other ones are nothing to do with the lads who battled bravely for the county yesterday and it’s unfair (as I think I came too close to doing myself in last night’s report) to add stuff about those previous defeats to the burden they’re carrying today.
We’re on the floor today, for sure, but we’ve been here before and, on past evidence, we won’t stay down for long. With months of no football now stretching out ahead of us, we’ll be well ready for it all again early next year. We might not feel that way today but come the New Year we will. We always do. We’re Mayo, after all.