The Mayo News has hit the streets once again and there’s obviously plenty about the All-Ireland minor final in it. While match reports from Sunday are old hat at this stage (Mike Finnerty’s one tells a tale with the same outcome as all the others you’ll have seen by now), Ed McGreal’s post-match quotes from Ray Dempsey and captain Aidan Walsh are definitely worth looking at. Ray’s quotes expand a bit on what was in the nationals yesterday and I like his attitude about negative talk and all the use it is to us right now. It’s good too to see him reference that Mickey Harte comment from earlier in the year about how our ability to reach finals means we must be doing something right.
Ray’s quite defiant post-match tone contrasts rather poignantly with the pure, undistilled pain to be found in Aidan’s comments, especially when he reflects on how, for him, the chance to win a minor medal has now passed. To have come so close, not once but twice, is tough medicine for one so young to have to take but there’s a big future there for Aidan, I reckon, and he’ll be a key man for us in the U21s next year. I know he didn’t have his shooting boots on the last day but any Mayo lad who can nail points from frees like this, this and this can expect to be wearing his county’s colours for a long time.