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I like these kind of Mondays – the day off work and oodles upon ooodles of upbeat coverage to wade through, some of it bordering on the fawning, about the team following the pasting meted out yesterday to Donegal. You’d never know, the sun might start to shine up here yet before the day is out.
Let’s start as usual with the nationals. The Irish Times has a match report from Sean Moran, an overview piece by Malachy Clerkin, analysis by John O’Keeffe (who repeats the flippant point we were making to ourselves after full-time yesterday that we still haven’t been tested in this championship), a colour piece from New York by Keith Duggan and quotes from Jimmy McGuinness (I’m sure there are quotes with our man too but they’re not online as yet).
The Irish Examiner has a match report by John Fogarty (as well as another one that seems to have been written right after the game yesterday), quotes from James and Andy Moran (where the former, incidentally, takes a swipe at Joe Brolly’s rant about Sean Cavanagh the other evening), quotes from Jimmy McGuinness and an overview piece by Tony Leen. The same paper has a separate quotes piece with the two Jimmys about all the verbal niceties that were flying around in the days leading up to the game which including a very funny and truly withering put-down of Rory Gallagher by our man.
The Irish Independent has a match report from Martin Breheny, a match overview piece, analysis by Eugene McGee, analysis by Eoin Liston and quotes from James and Jimmy and a piece speculating about McGuinness’s future following yesterday’s defeat (this one also has James’ quotes about the Brolly outburst).
There are loads of other reports on the game if you want to wade through them. The ones from Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser and Emmet Ryan’s cogent as ever analysis on Action81.com are the pick of the bunch in this respect but there are also others on GAA.ie, RTÉ, BBC, Belfast Telegraph, The Score, Breaking News and Hogan Stand. That really should be enough for you for now and should keep you licking your chomps with satisfaction until the local papers hit the streets tomorrow.
Right, I’m off to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend. Before doing so, though, I need to mention the minors who face Westmeath down in Tullamore this afternoon – their own do-or-die quarter-final has, to a large extent, fallen off the radar due to the big one in HQ yesterday – where hopefully they’ll also do enough to advance to the semis in three weeks time. If that happens we’ll have both the minors and seniors on the same bill at Croke Park on August 25th, which would make for a great occasion for us at HQ. I won’t be in Tullamore myself – today is one for family stuff – but I’ll be back later with a report on proceedings in O’Connor Park. Best of luck to Enda Gilvarry and his charges in this one.