More match reports

In my haste to get the match reports post done earlier on, with the knowledge that Rob had the podcast coming rapidly down the tracks in its wake, I neglected to make any reference to the coverage of the Connacht LGFA final, which was played as the curtain-raise at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.

In the same vein, I also have to hold my hand up for my failure to make any mention of the ladies’ game in the match report I did for the blog last night. In my defence, the dark was drawing in at the Gaelic Grounds as I sat on one of those backless seats in the Mackay Stand, hunched over the laptop bashing away at the keys like a madman and wondering what hour we’d reach home at. 1.30am turned out to be the answer to that one.

As things turned out yesterday, I saw very little of the ladies’ match. We were a good bit later than planned leaving the capital yesterday and when we did the two lots of roadworks on the M7 didn’t aid rapid cross-country progress. There were the spuds to be had en route as well – very nice they were too, at the excellent Matt the Thresher’s in Birdhill.

Anyways, that’s an overly long preamble to the coverage on what, sadly, proved to be a decisive enough defeat for the Mayo ladies. A bit like us in the lads’ match, it was early goals that did the business for the Galway ladies and they never looked back after that great start, winning in the end by 3-7 to 0-9. Congrats to them, hard luck to the Mayo ladies who gave it all over the two games.

Here’s the coverage that’s online about the Connacht LGFA final:

Locals: Mayo Advertiser, Connaught Telegraph.

Nationals: Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner.

Others: LGFA, RTÉ, Sky Sports, The 42 (live blog, match report),

Photos: Sportsfile.

Video: Jerome Quinn (highlights).

While we’re on the topic of match reports, there was a good bit of coverage as well on the Minors’ dramatic extra-time win over Galway on Friday night. Here’s what’s online on that one:

Match reports: GAA, Connacht GAA, Connaught Telegraph, Irish Times, Irish Mirror, Irish Independent, The 42, Pundit Arena.

Photos: Inpho, Sportsfile.

Video: GAA.

Incidentally, Kildare got the better of Dublin in the Leinster MFC final at Navan yesterday. Like the Connacht decider, this one also went to extra-time before the Lilywhites emerged victorious on a scoreline of 2-21 to 1-19.

The results means that it’s Dublin who the Mayo lads will face in the All-Ireland MFC quarter-final, with Galway paired against Kildare. Those ties will be played on the weekend of 27th/28th July, with the precise details yet to be confirmed.

10 thoughts on “More match reports

  1. Mayo ladies lost to a very good Galway ladies outfit. I hope they take heart in the improvements and strides made the last couple of years. They will improve again this coming year I have no doubt. Well done to them on the years performances and hard luck on not landing the prize yesterday.

  2. Glad to see most people aren’t get too carried away after yesterday. The win was extremely important to end the hold Galway have had over us, and also it gives our newer players the opportunity to play 3 top quality teams in the next month which will stand to them next year. However the win should not raise unrealistic expectations from this team. We’re injury ravaged and about to head into another 3 games in 4 weeks. This is a team in transition, a transition that’s going probably better than expected. James Horan put together one of the greatest teams ever in his first stint in charge, it looks like he might just be about to do it all over again. This is his greatest attribute as a manager. Let’s give him time to do it and just enjoy the super 8 for what they are this year, a bonus and more importantly a stepping stone.

  3. RTE showing the two hurling quarter finals next Sunday….do sky show the Sunday super 8 games ?

  4. rte are showing hurling and football next sunday , one on rte1 and the other on rte2

  5. @Ah now, couldn’t disagree with you more; you play for the here and now not for some notational outcome in years to come. We are a top 4 team why not go for it!!! Shouldn’t have to mention it

  6. @Ah now, you hit the nail on the head there. Theirs only 1 team winning the AI this year and its Dublin. 3 top quality games will do wonders for the young bucks.

  7. Ah now I agree with you Great opportunity for our younger lads to gain experience Best experience of all would be to qualify from the semis and that’s definitely not beyond us . Second game v Meath is crucial. A win there regardless of result in Kerry probably means we go in to last game with a place in semi final at stake It has been a good year, league champions and in to Super 8s, new lads introduced and some older fellows still doing their stuff Fantastic men Hon Mayo.

  8. great win …great displays by veterans …boyle ..mcloughlin ,,,but why make same mistakes again and again….if its not on recycle…dont give it away…and above all DONT carry ball into tackle if there are 3 or 4 enemy troops waiting to ambush,,,we got lucky …kerry will b much more cynical …will wait 4 these mistakes …great team ,great spirit…wonderful to watch….frannie moran from ballina is that you st muredachs 1977?

  9. Hard luck to our women. The goals killed the game but you never gave up. You’ve made huge strides since this time last year and I have no doubt you’ll be dining with the best before too long. Keep the heart and know that you are loved and admired for your honesty just as our men’s team are. Maigheo go deo….

  10. Ah now and .MayoDunphy I hope no one on that panel shares your pessimism. If this mayo team has taught us anything it’s that they are the definition of the terms resilient and never say die. I do expect them to give the super 8s a good rattle and I do expect them to come through it to a semi final. Anything beyond that is a bonus but when their backs are against the wall injuries or no injuries they come out fighting and always have – it’s in their DNA. Evolution has wiped the “hard luck, nice footballers” tag from Mayo GAA and it has been replaced with something which makes others, Kerry included, fear us

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