Meath review – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E5

The high winds whipped up by Storm Ciara blew hard at Pairc Tailteann in Navan on Sunday. Out on the pitch, Mayo had to withstand a second half storm brewed up by Meath but Kevin McLoughlin was on hand to quell the tempest as the visitors emerged with a precious one-point win.

In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast, we take in the action from the game in Navan. Starting the show, Rob Murphy and I are joined after the game in the press box at Pairc Tailteann by Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty where we reflect on a contest that had gone right down to the wire. Then we plunge into the game where Rob and I describe the key moments in which this contest was decided.

Post-game we get reaction from Mayo manager James Horan and, later on, from his Meath counterpart Andy McEntee. Rob also chats after the match with Mayo News columnist Sean Rice, who wrote the match report for the paper when Mayo last played a League game in Navan, way back in 2003.

Rob, Mike and I then look back on the game in more detail, our discussion also touching on Mayo’s agonising penalty shootout elimination from the U20 Connacht championship the day before. We hear post-game thoughts from Mayo U20 manager Mike Solan, who spoke with Ger Flanagan of the Mayo News after Galway had emerged the winners of the shootout at MacHale Park.

This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and Podomatic. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog using the SoundCloud player below or the one on the panel on the right.

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The theme music for the podcast is “Carrying The Fire” by the Walls.

5 thoughts on “Meath review – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E5

  1. I know he’s grabbing headlines and uses Mayo as a vehicle to promote himself but What Pat Spillane said has to be challenged with facts.
    ‘ Mayo’s big problem is that they have lacked marquee forwards’ .
    In other words they haven’t had the forwards to get enough scores to win an All Ireland,.
    If you compare the scoring rate of Mayo with Kerry over the last four All Ireland’s both counties played in Mayo have actually outscored Kerry
    Kerry: 2019- 15pts ; 2015 9pts ;2014 – 2:09 ; 2011 1:11
    Total for Kerry = 3 goals 44 points

    Mayo: 2017 – 1:16; 2016; 1:14 ;2013 – 1:14; 2012 -13 pts
    Total for Mayo = 3 goals 57pts

    I rest my case

  2. Mayo forever
    Mayo have conceded 14 goals in the last 7 championship meetings with Dublin that has been the single biggest issue.
    it is near impossible to win all ireland finals/semi finals conceding at 2 goal per game rate. Dublin conceded 6 goals in those 7 matches avg 0.9/game

  3. I honestly think it’s a cliche at this stage about Mayo having no forwards. It was impossible for a forward to shoot the lights out in those conditions yesterday. We got a good spread of scores however from Carr, Conroy, Boland, O’Donoghue and McLoughlin when he came on. A total of 1-6 from play between the forwards.

    For comparison, Galway forwards got 6 points from play. Donegal forwards only got 2 points from play. Not a single Tyrone forward scored from play in their win over Kerry, who themselves only got 5 points from play between the forwards.

    So you could say we’d the most prolific attack from those 3 games!

  4. Lads – I have no time for Spillane but a reasonable person could ask this question – Is there any Mayo forward that you could say is ‘nailed on, 100% sure to start (if fit) in every game this summer?
    If you look at Dublin – I would say Kilkenny, O’Callaghan, Rock, Mannion – nailed on for Champ, no questions

    For Mayo . in decending order (below) but each of those could be debated and challenged. Bar Cillian, any one of about 15 guys would start in our forward line in the summer which does point to real inconsistency in performance

    Likely/Possible starters for Champ – Cillian, Darren Coen (based on ’19 form), Kevin Mc, Boland (based on ’20 form) Jason (based on ’19 form) McDonagh (based on ’19). Of the new players we have tried over the 2 years -none are nailed on starters – McDonagh, Reape, Tracey, Carr, O’Donaghue, Conroy, Walsh etc. I have hope that Conroy, O’Donaghue, Conroy or maybe even Towey could emerge as definite starters but you could not say that just yet.

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