There’s oodles of stuff, as you’d expect, in this week’s Mayo News about the minor replay and, as you’d also expect, most of it is of the wistful variety. Sean Rice did the match report and some analysis, Austin Garvin did some more analysis, An Spailpín did his now usual fan’s eye piece and Daniel Carey did the after-match reaction stuff, where a number of Ray’s soundbites that were covered in yesterday’s nationals get another airing. It’s this article, however, where all the really pertinent stuff is, particularly Ray’s call for the county to learn from Tyrone’s blueprint and to put the work in now within the schools and at under-age level if we’re really serious about competing with the leading counties at All-Ireland level in the coming years. Is it just me or is it the case that the Knockmore man is a rock of sense when it comes to footballing matters?
And then there’s Kevin McStay’s final column with the paper, where he too gets all wistful not only about the minors but also about his 13 years doing the column. I’ll miss old Kev – I always looked forward to reading what he had to say every week as he always sounded like he knew what he was on about and was usually fairly direct and to the point in how he said it. A bit like Ray Dempsey, in other words.
That’s it, must dash – wounds to lick and all that.