The news is out, all over town and we’re in the thick of it following our double dose of Croke Park success yesterday. I had a bit of a late night myself in front of the TV with a glass or two and so, with bunting to be put up in a bit, I need to crack through the coverage fairly rapidly.
First, the bad news. If you haven’t seen the statement issued yesterday evening by the County Board about the injuries suffered by Cillian O’Connor and Cian Hanley, it’s here. One can only be completely gutted for both lads who both look certain to miss taking part in the action on September 22nd. They’re both a big loss to their respective teams but it’s the personal angle I’d be more concerned about – to lose out on an All-Ireland final appearance through injury is a really cruel blow. Get well soon, lads.
Onto the coverage, then, starting with the Mayo Advertiser, which comes in print and audio format. The match reports are here – senior and minor – and there are post-match quotes from James Horan and Enda Gilvarry. There’s also some audio – post-match podcasts by Colm Gannon with John Casey and Liam McHale.
Irish Times – match report (senior game), match report (minor game), match report (senior game, web edition with added video), overview piece by Malachy Clerkin, post-match quotes from James and Andy, post-match quotes from Mickey Harte and Sean Cavanagh and a piece analysing fouls committed by both teams, with more quotes in that one. They also have a match report on the ladies’ semi-final defeat to Kerry on Saturday (hard luck to them, this one kinds got lost in the welter of excitement about yesterday’s double action).
Irish Examiner – match reports, senior and minor, post match quotes from our side and from the opposition, an analysis piece by Ewan McKenna and John Bannon’s assessment of Maurice Deegan’s reffing performance.
Others: GAA.ie (senior match report, minor match report, quotes from us and them), RTÉ (senior match report, minor match report, quotes from James and Andy), The Score (senior match, minor match and they have loads more besides), Hogan Stand (senior match, minor match and they have lots more too). Enough? Thought so. I’ll get around to putting up links to all of the match reports in the results area in due course.
One other one – Emmet Ryan’s tactical analysis of the match on Action81.com. Emmet has also been in touch to say that he’d really like to get feedback on his analysis, which he’d be happy to receive either directly on the site or via Twitter @action81.
That’s the lot for now (well, all I’ve got around to gathering up – there’s plenty more if you go looking for it). Right, off with you now and get those tickets sorted. Chop-chop – only 27 days to go until the next and hopefully biggest ever #seaofgreenandred.