Photo: Mayo Mick
You’re right lads – it’s time to be looking ahead to the 25th and not to be glancing dreamily backwards but seeing as it was such a momentous weekend for the county, I think it’s worth one more bit of looking back before girding our collective loins ahead of what’s facing us next.
The minors are, of course, worth a special mention in this regard and accounts of their victory over Westmeath yesterday in Tullamore is covered today in the Irish Independent, Irish Times as well as in the Mayo News and Connaught Telegraph. We’re now the 2/1 second favourites to lift the Tom Markham Cup and somewhat ironically it’s the Rossies – who we beat in the Connacht final but who yesterday unseated the highly-fancied (but only because they were the Leinster champions?) Kildare – who are now the 15/8 frontrunners in the race for All-Ireland minor glory. An all-Connacht U18 decider is now a distinct possibility – the first one ever in football – and it’d be great for football in Connacht to see that happen. With us winning it, needless to say.
There’s plenty more to read about the seniors’ annihilation of Donegal too, of course, with the Mayo News as usual leading the online charge. There’s Mike Finnerty’s match report, post-match quotes by Daniel Carey with Aidan O’Shea and Colm Boyle and Sean Rice’s analysis. There’s loads more in the paper itself, of course, and you’d be well advised to go out an get a copy to pig out on all this coverage. You may as well get the Western and the Telegraph while you’re at it and go the hound on it completely.
Also worth a listen is the Mayo News’ post-match podcast where poor old Martin McHugh was dragged in front of the mic by Rob, Mike Ed and Danny an hour after the final whistle sounded and had his ribs tickled to get him to admit how great we were.
Finally, if you were unlucky enough not to have been in Croke Park on Sunday then I hope you were instead in The White House in Swinford where free pints were on offer for every goal we banged in. Whether or not you were the recipient of a freebie there, I reckon that’s one we can all drink to.