Following Mayo's footballers

Who’d have thought it, eh?

Here we are now, all the lads and ladies! Cast your mind back to June: who would have thought that the lads would come through three rounds of qualifiers and beat the reigning Ulster champions? Or, indeed, that the ladies would reap revenge on Galway to gain supremacy in Connacht once more before galloping their […]

The Premier file

Photo: I’d planned for some time to be away now, as it’s the only bit of the summer that suits as holiday time for us all. If we were in Sunday’s semi-final as Connacht champions I’d have missed it and the curious way that the qualifiers have sent us back along the same route […]

Looks like Diarmuid should be good to go for Saturday

Photo: GAA The best-kept secret in the run-up to Saturday’s Round 4B match against Westmeath was the injury concern that eventually ruled Diarmuid O’Connor out of the fixture. I didn’t hear a whisper about it in advance and so the first I knew about Diarmuid’s unavailability was when the murmurings began to spread around the Cusack Stand […]

Mayo News football podcast: Westmeath toppled, Tyrone await

The latest Mayo News football podcast is now available and this edition was recorded last Saturday evening. It features football-related chat recorded before, during and after our Round 4B qualifier win over Westmeath, covering both the Westmeath match itself and looking ahead to next Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Tyrone. The podcast is hosted by Rob Murphy and […]

Andy Moran our MOTM from yesterday

Photo: The poll is closed, the votes are counted and the winner of the latest Man of the Match poll is Andy Moran. The county’s most capped player – whose rebirth as a key member of the starting fifteen has been one of the real positives for us from our run through the qualifiers […]

Mayo 3-15 Westmeath 1-14: still standing but badly shaken

Bloody hell: that was far harder work than it should have been. We won but the manner of our victory – in particular our ragged second half performance – was far from encouraging. We’ll really have to lift it next week if we’re to have any chance of getting past Tyrone. But the good news […]

Game day: this way to the business end

Back in action again, back in Croke Park again – for the first time this year – with the prize on offer today a place in the All-Ireland series. Win it and we’re back at the point we’d have got to had we taken the direct route through Connacht, albeit with a far tougher quarter-final […]

Unchanged team named for tomorrow evening

We’ve just named our team to play Westmeath in Round 4B of the qualifiers at Croke Park tomorrow evening (throw-in 6pm) and I guess it won’t come as a seismic shock for anyone to learn that the line-up we’ve named is unchanged from that which started against Kildare two weeks ago. For the record, here it is: Mayo (All-Ireland […]

Three changes for Westmeath

Our Round 4B opponents Westmeath last night announced their team – and subs – for tomorrow evening’s clash at Croke Park (throw-in 6pm). Here are the details: Westmeath (All-Ireland Qualifier Round 4B v Mayo 50/7/2016): Darren Quinn (Tyrellspass); Kevin Maguire (Caulry), Francis Boyle (Killucan), Killian Daly (Mullingar Shamrocks); Jamie Gonoud (Tyrellspass), David Lynch (St Malachys), […]

Ticket fiasco looms IF we make the quarters

Photo: Wexford GAA It’s Wednesday, we’re playing again on Saturday but, once again, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the papers. The qualifiers really are the way to go for hiding in plain sight. Had we won Connacht it’d have been our lads all over the media at the minute but we didn’t so […]