The final whistle sounded a few minutes ago at Tuam Stadium and as it did so it brought the curtain down on another very short and very unsuccessful year for the county’s U21s. We were beaten 0-9 to 0-7 today by Galway in a match where we never led and, by the sounds of the commentary on Midwest, never looked like winning. We hit something like fifteen wides over the course of the hour but more disappointingly our forward line failed to score a single point from play during the entire game. From what I can see, only midfielder Danny Kirby – playing in his third and final campaign at the level – managed to get any return from open play for us today.
So, that’s it for another year for the U21s as this long period of underachievement at this level continues for a fourth straight year. Who would have thought, back in 2009 when we’d just completed a four-in-a-row of Connacht titles, that we’d fail to make, never mind win, an U21 provincial final inside the following four years? That’s the sad reality, however, and combined with our ongoing slump at senior level (which may or may not end tomorrow), it all makes for a rather depressing start to the year for #mayogaa.