I know – it’s Monday and the kids are back at school (which made for an even more frantic Monday morning in our house) but wasn’t it just great to wake up this morning and realise that we did really beat Kerry at Croke Park yesterday?
There was much talk after the final whistle sounded yesterday about simian creatures being slung from between our shoulders and, predictably enough, there’s a fair few monkey references in the papers this morning. In the Indo’s post-match quotes piece, James Horan actually goes so far as to say that “monkeys don’t interest me all that much”. Well, whatever you’re having yourself, I suppose. Martin Breheny in his match report in the same paper muses on Kerry’s second successive Croke Park failure to hold onto a match winning lead – like the Dubs last September, we were four adrift with only five minutes to go – and wonders if this could be classed as a pattern. I dunno, maybe it’s two legs of a three-in-a-row?
Over at the Times, Ian O’Riordan also has monkeys on his mind in his match report and the same writer does the post-match quotes piece with James Horan and Jack O’Connor. Malachy Clerkin also has a piece in the same paper summing up the day’s action at Croke Park.
The Examiner is a bit slow out of the online traps this morning and the only morsel I can find there is the post-match comments bit with Jack O’Connor.
Speaking of online reports, you’ve probably seen these already but in case you haven’t here are the match reports from GAA.ie, Setanta, Hogan Stand and RTÉ. As regards the latter, I’m not even going to start about their highlights coverage last night. Okay, I will – every week you think they can’t do worse and every week they prove you wrong. They truly are a national embarrassment at this stage.
At the other end of the spectrum is this fine piece of analysis on tactics employed during the game by Emmet at Action81.com.
Joe.ie has reports on both matches in this piece and the same source also picks up on the GAA’s faux-pas – which was keenly spotted and posted on Twitter by regular commenter @ruanejos – in relation to the final pairing they had up on their website well after we’d sent the Kerry lads home crying to their mammies. According to @MayoGAA, it took a blast from that quarter to jolt the Croke Park webmasters into remedial action there.
Oh yeah, before I go – remember the lads on the Kerry GAA forum who were yerra-ing about whether or not they’d manage to swing the league final for Killarney after they’d “annihilated” us? Well, they’re not a happy bunch this morning, not happy at all. If it’s more in the way of an even-handed discussion, you might want to try this discussion on gaaboard.com.
And that’s it. Sadly, Monday must now exert its baneful influence in the way it normally does but there’s obviously plenty to be happy about on this particular one. Have a good one, y’all.