Mayo Football Podcast episode: Final Whistle – Mayo Minors beat Roscommon

The Mayo Minors have kicked off their Connacht Championship campaign with a 2-13 to 2-07 win over Roscommon in Castlebar this evening.

Mike and John were joined at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park by Martin Carney to reflect on the action.

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8 thoughts on “Mayo Football Podcast episode: Final Whistle – Mayo Minors beat Roscommon

  1. Mike Finnerty said that some of the minors are under 16. Which players are underage next year?

  2. Conor Coghill, Oran Murphy, Barry Langan were the lads that played some part tonight that are underage again next year. Cathar Tighe from Ardnaree is another on the panel that’s underage again in 2025. I felt that the lads were well off the pace in the 1st half, which is very understandable. Unusual for a team not to play one challenge match prior to championship and even stranger still as the lads were not allowed to play for their clubs or colleges during that time. 5 or 6 months without a match would make most players a little ring rusty. Full back line would seem to be an area of concern. The high ball certainly caused us some problems.

  3. Not sure of that doc. I think they must all be under 17.

    Went to the game and thought Roscommon were the happier at half time. Typically bigger and stronger and carried into the wind very well break at will.

    Second half Mayo dominated the ball against the wind and really showed their footballing ability. Tom Hession the captain from Eastern Gaels was very good along with the whole half back line. Like the look of Daithi Butler at 4 and midfielder Josh Moyles. McDonald is a chip off the old block. Really outstanding. Evan Walsh and Oisín Deane inside had their moments and look tidy footballers.

    On a more negative note, I know they are only under 17 (have to remind myself) but the shape inside in the full forward line was way off at times. They are all seemed to come back defending at the same time leaving no outlet inside. The are all of similar stature inside too and found it hard to win primary ball especially with the wind in the first half. Definitely areas to work on but winning by 6 pulling up tells me there is much more in this side and we possibly didn’t see the best of them last night.

  4. @Clubman51: “…possibly didn’t see the best of them last night.”

    I walked away feeling the exact same. Despite thinking they did fantastically well.

    Four or five moves in the first half they were a gust of wind, a roll of a ball or a fingertip away from an interception to create a great chance. On another night they might have gone in having kicked 2-10 at break rather than the 6 points they had on the board.

    Flashes from Deane and Moriarty of some of the form they’ve shown at club, they’ll both have days to rival the type of performance Kobe did yesterday I’d imagine.

    Thought we looked dangerous with Quinn’s pace when he came on, so potentially a balance to be struck there between Flynn’s and McHale’s industry versus what a little more speed might offer on the wings/in transition. Though the movement from the lads was very solid, so swings & roundabouts throwing more of a speedster in there. You’re always going to be giving something up in one area to potentially gain in another.

    Have to say I really enjoyed the high(ish – calculated) risk style they were happy to play. They weren’t afraid to kick to contested battles and backed their teammates to win ’em. Nearly always a runner over the top or to the shoulder waiting for a flick on or a break & nearly always an aggressive counter-press to win it back when they didn’t come off. No doubt it’ll drive us mad when it costs some soft turnovers in tight future games, but fantastic to see that level of freedom being given & coached. It’s a joy to watch.

  5. Ah, ya gotta love the comment section. Lose next time out and they’ll be people questioning the whole underage structure within the county and asking for heads to roll

  6. Agreed Mayo 67, apart from one great crop that brought through Irwin, Dylan Thornton, etc a few years ago, they really are the most inconsistent big town when it comes to underage development.
    Balla played them off the park in the Minor B final a few months back and that was without Oisin Cronin who would’ve been Ballas best player by a considerable margin.
    Mitchels, followed by Claremorris, followed by Westport are in that order the best clubs at the minute for underage development. Other clubs punch above their weight also with development of players however.
    As evidenced on this team in particular smaller clubs doing great work.
    Mid sized clubs like Balla, Davitts and Kilmeena will be punching above their weight in senior football in the next decade with a mix of great tradition, size and underage coaching.
    Think we will see the likes of Knockmore, Breaffy, and Ballintubber all decline sharply as they aren’t producing the 2-3 players from every minor team a club needs to be successful, or a golden generation the likes of Mitchels, Claremorris, Ballina and even Davitts / Balla / Moy Davitts have produced in recent years.

  7. Martin McDonnell was a Mayo Junior player when they won the All Ireland Junior final in 1950. He later went on to work and play with Summerhill in Co. Meath. Does anyone know what was Martin’s club in Mayo.

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