Photo: Mayo Mick
When we won the first two of our hat-trick of Connacht titles in 2011 and 2012, I was away on my holliers both times and so spent the day after on the sun lounger but on this occasion it’s a normal working Monday so this needs to be a quick one. But, hey, we’re provincial champions once again, winning well on a day when Donegal emphatically lost their aura of invincibility and it hasn’t started raining hearabouts as yet. I can think of worse starts to the week.
So, onto the match reports and coverage from yesterday’s Connacht final, where there’s plenty about our senior and minor provincial triumphs.
Starting with the nationals, where the Irish Times has a very cursory match report and some after-match quotes from Paul Coggins, James Horan and Colm Boyle. The Irish Independent has its match report, quotes from James Horan and Paul Coggins, a game at a glance piece and a colour piece on London’s big day out. The Irish Examiner has a match report which includes quotes from James and Alan Dillon and a separate piece with post-match quotes from London’s Sean Kelly and Paul Coggins.
The Mayo Advertiser has match reports by Colm Gannon on both the senior and minor finals and the same paper also has a post-match podcast with John Casey. Staying with the locals, the Irish Post has a match report from London’s perspective.
On the analysis front, Emmet Ryan at Action81.com looks behind the scores to examine what we did and didn’t do well yesterday.
On the photo side of things, Mayo Mick has a huge collection of images (including the one at the top of this post) from McHale Park yesterday.
And finally it’s perhaps worth noting that this morning, while many of us are scratching our heads about yesterday’s uneven performance, we now find ourselves installed as joint second favourites (along with Kerry at 7/2) to win Sam this year and that we’re clear second favourites (behind Dublin) to reach the final. In this regard, I’d tend to agree with those who say we shouldn’t fear who we draw in the quarters and that maybe we should be thinking about the fear others might have of being paired with us. That draw, by the way, is set to take place this coming Saturday evening at around 8.30pm, i.e. after the conclusion of the Round 4 qualifier matches.
Have a great Monday.