The Mayo News has plenty about Sunday’s NFL defeat to Derry. Here’s Sean Rice’s match report, here’s the post-match analysis from the same quarter and here’s Daniel Carey’s post-match reaction piece. In this latter report, there are plenty of quotes from Johnno but, to be honest, there’s nothing out of the ordinary in what he has to say – disappointing we lost, plenty of positives to be taken from it, the rest of the league will be tough but we have to keep grafting etc. etc. For a change, he didn’t overdo the poor mouth, though he does say that “with all the disadvantages we had going in” we still should have won. What disadvantages would they be, Deputy? Our fifteen were at least as experienced as theirs, we’re not in too bad a situation regarding injuries and we were playing at home. Not too much in the way of disadvantage there, from what I can see.
Anyway, it is – as Johnno rightly says – time to move on from Sunday’s result. The next outing for the lads is a challenge match under lights in Ballinrobe against Cavan next Saturday evening (throw-in 6.45 pm). The Mayo News also covers this one and in this report Johnno reveals that the side will feature a mixture of those who played in the FBD and those who lined out last Sunday. Cavan got their holes kicked as well in their opening league match so they’ll be as keen as our lads to get a win under their belts. And, of course, they’ll also be aching to get their scrawny hands on that coveted trophy that is the Tim Kelly Engineering Floodlit Cup. But they won’t you know, as our lads are closing in on a three-in-a-row there, following wins over Clare two years ago and Westmeath twelve months back.
Finally, back to the Voice of Experience’s analysis piece again, I see that there are now a few figures available about how much the County Board are going to have to raise for the McHale Park redevelopment. HQ will provide a grant of €5 million but the Board are going to have to come up with the remaining €11 million. While some of this will come from fundraising – and it’s good to see them finally getting their collective arse into gear on this front – a large chunk will also be in the form of a 15-year bank loan. That’s the bit that worries me.