With each passing day, the volume of analysis on Saturday’s match grows. Which is good because, to be honest, I’d expected the coverage on our provincial demise to be more of the booting-us-when-we’re-down variety but instead it’s been, for the most part, fair as well as rigorous. Here’s today’s batch.
Don’t Foul always comes up with interesting data-driven insights and the analysis undertaken on Saturday’s match – which is here – is no exception. Noteworthy points emerging from this piece include how good the Galway defence actually were in keeping our shooters out of the central scoring zone and how we failed to get off a single shot at goal.
This analysis by Rob Carroll in The 42 is, I know, from Monday but it’s another detailed investigative piece highlighting key tactical issues in the game. If you haven’t come across it yet it’s certainly worth having a shifty at.
In the nationals, there’s Darragh Ó Sé in the Irish Times, who talks about Galway in the context of how cycles can operate in sport. He’s little or nothing to say about us but it’s an interesting read nonetheless.
Mike Quirke’s piece in today’s Irish Examiner is, in contrast, all about us. In it he references last year’s coup, mainly in a supportive way, before going on to exhort the players to take responsibility for what went wrong and to look to the qualifiers as an opportunity for redemption. While none of this argument is groundbreaking it is still to the point and worth digesting.
Closer to home, Billy Joe Padden sets out his thoughts in the Mayo News (here), which he then amplified on NewsTalk’s Off The Ball show last night. An interesting point he makes in his column, one I’d largely share though I can’t claim to have thought it myself before I read it, is that Galway actually played far better against us last year than they did on Saturday night, which says a lot about our respective performances in the two games. The Off The Ball audio with Billy Joe is here:
While on the topic of audio, I’ve only just got off the line with Rob Murphy where we recorded an enjoyable piece for the Mayo News podcast. That’ll be going live before too long and I’ll link to it here once it does.