Mayo began their 2021 Championship campaign in impressive fashion last Saturday, as they ran out comfortable winners over Sligo in a lopsided Connacht SFC quarter-final meeting at Markievicz Park.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we review Saturday’s game and assess how James Horan’s team are shaping up for the bigger challenges that lie ahead of them this summer. Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty hosts the show and he’s joined by his Mayo News colleague Edwin McGreal and me.
We reflect first on what match-day felt like from the vantage point of our respective couches, with Mike contrasting this with his very different experience of being at the game on commentary duties. Focusing on on the match itself, we look at how Mayo fared in the absence of the injured O’Connor brothers and we consider what aspects of the Mayo performance impressed us the most.
We then hear Mike chatting post-game at Markievicz Park to his co-commentator Billy Joe Padden who describes how well Mayo pushed up on the Sligo kickout in the first half. He also lauds Cillian O’Connor for the positive impact he has on the younger players in the team.
Back in the studio, we discuss the Knockmore influence on Saturday’s win, with new man Darren McHale enjoying a dream Championship debut while Kevin McLoughlin, making his 150th senior appearance for the county against Sligo in what his now his twelfth Championship season, continues to perform at a very high level. Championship structures and the exploits of the Mayo hurlers also get a mention.
This episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Podomatic and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog using the SoundCloud player below or the one on the panel on the right.
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