Minors crush Cork

Photo: Irish Examiner (Eamon Ward)

I only caught a very small bit of yesterday’s impressive win by the county’s U17s over Cork in the All-Ireland MFC quarter-final, as I was caught up in other stuff during the day and last night. Pity, by the sounds of it I missed another good performance from this exciting young Mayo team.

Yesterday’s victory sees them advance – with six wins from six starts to their credit in this campaign – to an All-Ireland semi-final meeting against Armagh. The Orchard County proved far too good for Leinster champions Longford yesterday, with beaten Leinster finalists Dublin also losing out to Ulster opposition, in the form of provincial champions Derry. The Oak Leafers now face Kerry in the other semi-final, the Kingdom having enjoyed an easy win over Roscommon yesterday.

There are reports on yesterday’s win over Cork in the Connaught Telegraph, Western People, Mayo News, Echo Live (match report, post-match quotes from Micheál O’Sullivan), Irish Independent, Irish Examiner. Stats are available from Gaelic Statsman.

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11 thoughts on “Minors crush Cork

  1. New York who Mayo hammered in April are leading Laois in O’Moore Park this afternoon.

  2. Really enjoyed rewatching this last night. This team play with real pace and have a high skill level. I don’t care about how far they go, I just love their playing approach.
    I don’t exagerate when I say some of the teamwork scores were better than our seniors.
    It’s like each player knows where he, other players and the ball will be.

  3. Some of the play was top notch JP. It certainly helps when the two main men up front have been well trained in Crossmolina from a very young age and they have a great understanding on the field. Oisin Deane’s workrate is exceptional and he backed that up by scoring 2-03 from play. Kobe McDonald’s athleticism is on a different level. He took a few rash shots yesterday which would be unusual for him. They’d have a very strong college’s team in Crossmolina if St. Tiernan’s (Oisin Deane) and Gortnor Abbey ( Kobe McDonald) came together. A lot of other strong players in both schools too from neighbouring clubs. Kerry and Derry look to have physically stronger teams and Armagh have played very well in their last two outings, so nothing easy ahead for the Mayo team.

  4. Totally agree with JP the team work was brilliant and better than our seniors, keep it up lads, a pleasure to watch.

  5. Good win but comparison to seniors makes no sense. Let this team breathe. They are an u17 county team who seem to play a nice brand of football. I thought the same when I watched the Connacht final though some complained about a lot of lateral passing that day. Absolutely no point getting carried away like we did 2 years ago. Lots of strong teams left. Both Ulster teams made it to semis and Kerry whacked Roscommon

  6. Impressive display by our Minors. They played some lovely football and it was so refreshing to see a Mayo team play with such a direct style, quick passing, good kick-passing, allied with intensity in pressing and tackling.

  7. Armagh could well beat them. I don’t care about titles at U17. Kerry never cared about that. U17 and u20 are development grades. We need skills, teamwork skills and proper SnC.
    You can’t start trying to put in place the SnC in a patchwork manner. Must be progressive from Academy stage.
    In a choice of go defensive and win the next day or get beaten the next day and play positive I’d choose playing positive.

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