Monday match reports

Well, I picked a good one to miss, didn’t I?

I saw most of yesterday’s pulsating Championship encounter with Dublin on TV – by the look of the sea of blue in the shots of the crowd, I was far from the only Mayo supporter following the action in that way – but this contest was surely one best experienced, heart in mouth, at first hand.

Off the top, I have to pay tribute to Ed and to Joe for keeping things humming along here on the blog while I was enjoying myself at yesterday’s festivities. My absence made no difference to the output here, which was great. Huge thanks to both of them.

This gallop through the coverage of yesterday’s match – as well as the LGFA game the day before – has to be a rapid one. The stalemate at Dr Hyde Park that sent us through to the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final means we’re in the hat for this morning’s draw, which takes place on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland show at 8.35am. It’s there where we’ll learn which one of Cork, Derry or Monaghan we’ll be facing at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park next weekend.

Right, let’s get cracking. Here’s a flavour of what’s online about yesterday’s game:

Locals: Mayo News, Western People, Connaught Telegraph, Midwest Radio, Dublin Live, Dublin GAA, FM 104.

Nationals: Irish Times, Irish Examiner (match report, quotes), Irish Independent (match report, quotes), Irish Mirror, Irish News.

Others: GAA, RTÉ (match report, quotes), The 42, Off the Ball (audio).

Photos: Inpho, Sportsfile.

Video: GAA, RTÉ, Gaelic Games Fan TV.

Stats: Gaelic Statsman, Stephen O’Meara.

As ever, our Final Whistle pod makes for essential listening. Rob was joined right after the game at Hyde Park by Edwin McGreal and Colm Boyle and there’s post-match reaction from Kevin McStay and Tommy Conroy. The show’s on Patreon here.

Don’t forget the MOTM poll, which is still open and will remain so until this evening. If you haven’t yet cast your vote there then please make the time to do so.

Onto the ladies’ win over Kildare on Saturday, about which there’s coverage at Mayo News, Connaught Telegraph, Western People, Midwest Radio, Ladies Gaelic Football, RTÉ. We also did a Final Whistle pod on this game, which is on Patreon as well – it’s here.

Right, less than an hour to the draw and whatever it holds for us. Back after that.

6 thoughts on “Monday match reports

  1. Mayo have nothing to fear on yesterday’s performance. Haven’t heard about injuries sustained etc but it wasn’t a bruising encounter by any stretch of the imagination.
    Cork is my prediction.

  2. Who would we rather get in the draw..id favour Monaghan. Cork have always been a tough game for us. And they can score goals as Donegal found out. Even though Derry are on poor form. Mayo have always struggled in games to beat blanket defences. Either way. Youd think changes will have to be made next week and some players rested. Very tough on players to play 3 championship games in 3 weekend.

  3. For me, yesterday showed that we have a team who can play good football and can also go toe to toe with the best team in the country. That gives me a lot of hope for this year and for the years to come. (The age profile of this Mayo team is very good, we are a much younger team than Dublin overall). I feel that maybe we as supporters have been too negative about this set-up, I think there’s still a major hang-over from 2021 which has affected our support, (the Championship structure is awful too which of course doesn’t help). I firmly believe it’s time to forget about 2011-2021 and back these lads for the future, by in large they have no connection to what happened over the last decade or so. Time to move on and back these lads. We were vastly outnumbered in Dr Hyde Park yesterday, but in fairness to those who were there made plenty of noise when the game was in the melting pot. We have a home game now, let’s get out in numbers and help this team move towards a Quarter Final.

  4. Just to follow up on the above, while yesterday’s performance was good, there are two major areas that we need to work on going forward.

    1-We gave way too much space to the Dublin shooters in the 2nd half. With the likes of Mannion, you need to get touch tight to him or else he’ll destroy you.

    2-The last play – Flynn or Bob had to take a black card, that run from McCaffrey should never have passed the 65m line, take him down, trip him, do what you have to do. The last 3 minutes of the 2017 final will haunt me forever, it was a masterclass of cynical play from Dublin and it shut off our chance of getting an equalizer. To be a winner, you also need to have a nasty streak, we should learn from that yesterday.

  5. Very encouraging performance but let it slip at the end again. Derry will be a different challenge but one we can handle. Fair play to all the Dublin supporters who made the trip and added to the fantastic atmosphere. Hopefully more Mayo supporters will make the effort to get to McHale Park at the weekend. No word on McLaughlin’s injury as we will need his pace against Derry. The Championship has started at last.

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