It’s Monday, there was a match yesterday and so it’s time for the usual round-up of reports on the action. First up, though, my thanks to Mike Kelly for his excellent piece on the game that was posted here on the site last night.
The Mayo Advertiser is the obvious place to start, containing as it does a match report, post-match quotes from Noel Connelly and a piece on the reason for Gavin Duffy’s late withdrawal from the starting fifteen yesterday. On that latter point, it was apparently a paperwork issue and the hope is that he’s be cleared to play next weekend against Roscommon.
Noel’s comments are worth a look. He speaks about when we can expect to see the more established players back in the saddle and also talks about how they’ve gone about integrating the new lads into the set-up. Their approach of putting these lads on S&C programmes a few months back would appear to be paying dividends, given the positive way the various debutants have performed in the two matches to date, and Noel admitted that it’s going to be difficult to trim the squad back down for the League. That, though, is a nice-to-have kind of problem.
From what Noel says, the management team also appear to have an extra FBD match – where, if we make the final, would be against Galway on Sunday week – in their sights so I’d say this could well be reflected in their team selection for Sunday’s final round match against Roscommon. If this is how it shakes out, it would of course also be a first meeting between the two counties under their respective new management teams and it’d also the only clash they’ll have ahead of our scheduled collision with the Tribesmen at Pearse Stadium in early summer.
Other news reports on yesterday’s game are available in the Mayo News, Irish Times (which is a round-up of all the FBD action), Irish Independent and Irish Examiner. Mayo Mick has a photo gallery of the action from Ballina.
Got to dash – busy Monday and all that. Have a good one.