Sunday match reports

Photo: Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

A good bit later than I’d planned, due to a variety of reasons, including the hurling, but I think yesterday’s matches merit a post on the coverage of them. Plus it’s an excuse to give an airing to that wonderful photo above of our newly-crowned All-Ireland champions.

We have to start with yesterday’s LGFA U14 Platinum All-Ireland final in which Mayo beat Cork, to clinch the title for the first time in 29 years.

Ger McCarthy has two reports on the game, one of which is on the Ladies Gaelic website and which also appears on the Mayo News, while the same writer has one from Cork’s angle in the Echo Live. The Connaught Telegraph also have a report on the final. In addition, there are loads of photos from the game by Sportsfile, including that one above.

From the happy side of the street to the sad side, in the form of yesterday’s All-Ireland MFC quarter-final which we lost to Monaghan.

As I mentioned in the comments just now, I believe the official scoreline, 1-16 to 1-8 to Monaghan, is incorrect, with the mistake relating to the wrong scoreline appearing on the electronic scoreboard at Páirc Seán yesterday for much of the second half. It doesn’t make any difference to us now, of course, but, needless to say, it doesn’t sit well with that often insufferable picky, details person staring out at me in the mirror.

Anyways, here’s the coverage on yesterday’s – ahem – 1-16 to 1-8 loss to Monaghan: Western People, Connaught Telegraph, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Irish News.

Right, that’s your lot. Enjoy what’s left of this summer Sunday.

11 thoughts on “Sunday match reports

  1. Thank you WJ. Congrats to our young girls. That’s a superb achievement and it makes my heart happy to see the success of the younger Mayo teams. Well done girls, All-Ireland champions.
    Hard luck to the under 17 boys. It really was a tough game and the Monaghan lads looked so powerful. No worries, you guys have great talent. Keep it up and enjoy your football. It’s always a delight to see a Mayo team giving their best. Always good enough.
    Maigheo Abu, go deo

  2. Some reception in Charlestown this evening for the girls and they didn’t disappoint. Full of life and craic and a huge crowd out to pay homage to the All Ireland winners!

  3. congratulations to one and all on this great achievement . Well done Ladies

  4. Congrats to the U14s , and hard luck to the U17s. Having watched both Qfinals from close the side-line in Carrick , what was apparent was the difference in physicality in Derry and Monaghan compared to Galway and us. It looked like an U18 vs U17 game in both instances….. Also in comparison to last year both Galway and ourselves competed equally in the physicality stakes…so maybe just the way it goes at these development age groups…. or are the Northern sides getting their youth players earlier into S&C programmes? Our lads really gave it their all and cant be criticised and also management in fairness ran their subs bench earlier in the second half to try and change the overall pattern of the game but the Monaghan lads had the upper hand in most key positions and broke tackles easier etc …nothing between the teams footballs wise.
    I suggest there is another discussion to take place at a youth level about the requirement now for younger players at both club and elite county level to “bulk up” go on gym programmes for 14-15 and take all the supplements to put on 10/20kg of muscle to be able to compete from 16’s onwards… is this really healthy? What is the longer term impact ?

  5. Heartiest congratulations to the U14 LGFA on a terrific achievement ??
    Great celebrations in villages and towns
    Well done to all involved

  6. Hard luck to the minors but please God the learnings and journey will stand to them in the future
    Back to back Connacht minor titles no mean feat either

  7. Heartiest congratulations to our U14 girls and all involved. Hopefully most of them will stick with it for the years ahead. Yeah heard there were great local celebrations throughout the county. Wonderful achievement.

  8. @Mayoforsam, It’s genetically highly improbable such a proportion of Irish kids in a small county would have those builds at 16/17 years of age.
    Derry and Monaghan have maybe 1/3 of our pick.
    For certain that bulk was added in the weights room. If you lift heavy and low reps, or do plyometrics type work you’ll get really solid and explosive. You’ll add a small amount of mass.
    But let’s be real their lads had several kgs advantage on average. They looked slower and they mainly focused on running the ball through us with handoasses or powering through tackles. I don’t think it’s the right approach. The GAA won’t sit by and let boring protein shake ball take over, no profit in it ultimately.

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