I was away for the day yesterday so there’s plenty of catching up to do today on the work front but there’s also some more stuff arising from Sunday’s win over Kerry (that sounded so good I think I’ll write it again – Sunday’s win over Kerry; there, I feel twice as well now) that you’ll want to see.
Yesterday’s Times had a decent enough article by Ian O’Riordan focusing mainly on “new” Mayo player Colm Boyle. That one went down nicely yesterday morning as my flight over to Heathrow was heading towards cruising altitude. It’s worth looking up just for this photo by Ryan Byrne of Inpho of the fearsomely determined Davitts man as he wrestled free of the Kerry cover before scoring that astonishing extra-time goal.
This morning’s Indo has a piece with Alan Dillon where the Ballintubber man says that the lads are now beginning to understand what kind of work-rate they need to put in to live with the top teams when it really matters. The Examiner also has an article that covers much of the same ground.
The need to keep slugging away all day is a lesson that still needs to be hammered home, of course, because we went off the boil for a fair bit of the 90 minutes the last day, as we also did at times during the previous three matches. A higher work-rate will definitely be needed on Sunday week if we’re to claim our first league title since 2001.
The Indo also has a piece on Kerry and whether or not they’re losing their touch at Croke Park. You can safely file that one under “all a bit previous” I reckon.
Onto the Mayo News where, needless to say, there’s plenty of more fertile material. Mike Finnerty does the match report, a ‘3 things we learned’ bit of analysis and he also provides the first bit of team news ahead of the final. As regards the latter, he says that Aidan O’Shea will also certainly not play (although he will be assessed while in Portugal) but that Seamus O’Shea – who, don’t forget, put in a towering performance against Cork in last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final – and Alan Freeman (worth a shot at full-forward?) should both be in contention to play.
Sean Rice – who issued a wonderful call to arms ahead of the Kerry game last week – provides his thoughts on the contest and Edwin McGreal does the honours with plenty of wit and keen observation on the post-match quote side. But what’s this about an article in the same paper penned by my old china, John Cuffe? I can’t see any link to that one as yet.