Following Mayo's footballers

Kildare kill off minor hopes

Photo: @Mayomanindublin At senior level, we ended Kildare’s championship gallop in Round 3B of the qualifiers a few weeks back. This afternoon at O’Connor Park, however, the Lilywhites’ minors returned the favour, dumping our lads out of the race for the Tom Markham Cup. Kildare won today’s All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Tullamore by 2-14 to […]

Good luck to the minors today

Photo: @MayoPPS_GAA So it’s August and we’re still playing football. Today the attention switches away from the seniors and onto the county’s minors, who are in action in Tullamore this afternoon. Every football match played in August is an all-or-nothing one and the challenge facing Enda Gilvarry and his charges at O’Connor Park this afternoon […]

Diarmuid O’Connor our MOTM from yesterday

Photo: MichaelMaye.com Well, this was an easy one. The one name on everyone’s lips leaving MacHale Park yesterday evening was that of Diarmuid O’Connor, whose scintillating display – capped by a scoring return of 1-5 – was one of the prime reasons we’d prevailed over Kildare. That’s now been reflected in the voting for the […]

Sunday match reports

Photo: MichaelMaye.com The sun is shining, the legs are fine after yesterday’s exertions and we’re headed into Round 4B of the qualifiers with increasing velocity. Things could be worse right now. Just time for a quick trot through the coverage on the game so here goes: Locals: Mayo Advertiser, Connaught Telegraph. Nationals: Sunday Independent, Irish […]

Mayo 2-17 Kildare 0-14: onwards and upwards

Some days just turn out to be ones to treasure. Today, for me, was for sure one of those rare, gilded ones I’ll look back on wistfully for many a day. It’s been a long day – the first half of which was spent cycling, in near perfect conditions, the jaw-dropping splendour of the Westportif […]

Game day: stay in the race

A week on from our last all-or-nothing qualifier challenge, here we are again facing into another one. Kildare come to town this evening and later on tonight we’ll either be looking forward to the prospect of Round 4B two weekends hence or else the 2017 FBD. It’s another big challenge for us – whatever the […]

Two changes for tomorrow evening

We’ve just named our team for tomorrow evening’s Round 3B qualifier clash with Kildare at MacHale Park (throw-in 7pm). Here it is: Mayo (All-Ireland Qualifier Round 3B v Kildare 16/7/2016): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites), Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Kevin Keane (Westport), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Colm Boyle (Davitts), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Seamus O’Shea […]

Counting down the hours

Less than 48 hours to go now and I don’t know about the rest of you but the nerves are getting to me at this stage. I know Paddy Power have us priced into 1/10 – with only the Dubs on shorter (1/100) odds than us this weekend – but unlike the defending All-Ireland champions […]

Who gives a diving duck?

I’m quite happy about Mayo being in the qualifiers. Our whole county has been fixated for the last few years on this notion of ‘six games’: essentially what it takes to go from Connacht to the Sam Maguire. However, football is about a lot more than just six games. The qualifiers does not mean all […]

Midweek stuff

It’s Wednesday already and so it’s now a shorter period of time to our next championship game than it is looking back to our last one. Not that we have the option of going back in time, mind, but you know what I mean. Before long it’ll be back once again to MacHale Park for what’s […]