It’s a cracking Monday morning weatherwise here in the capital and the Jacks have a bit of a swagger about them this morning too. That extends to our own house – my small Dub missed the match yesterday, as he had a friend’s birthday party to go to, but will, like the Kerrymen, be there for the decider.
Here are all the match reports from yesterday: GAA.ie, RTÉ, Irish Independent, Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Mayo Advertiser, The Score, Breaking News, Hogan Stand. Pride of place in this regard, though, must go to the match report in the Belfast Telegraph, which contains a great photo of Lee Keegan and Diarmuid Connolly apparently trying to undress each other.
Of more interest, undoubtedly, will be the reports containing the post-match quotes, of which there are two – Irish Examiner and Irish Times – with the Indo opting for a one-stop-shop approach by sticking the quotes into the match report itself.
Aside from the predictable plámás about how “happy we were to get the game” against the Dubs yesterday, James had a few noteworthy things to say after the match. I reckon a few of the lads might get a cold tingle down their spines this morning when they see his comment that “we learned a huge amount, an absolute huge amount about some of our players” and James certainly wasn’t mincing his words when he said that “the defending for the two goals was terrible and some of our shots at goal were terrible when we were through one-on-one”.
I’m not sure I’m with him, though, where he claims (in the Times) that “We were down eight guys” yesterday. Four, yes, but eight is stretching it a bit. As regards one of the four – Andy Moran – James also cautioned, in a separate report in the Irish Examiner, that last year’s skipper is still “quite a bit away yet” from returning to the fray. I’d say we can’t expect to have Andy back full tilt until the All-Ireland quarter-final, should we make it that far.
Anyway, that’s the league done with and with our championship campaign starting much earlier this year at least we’ll be spared having to endure an overly long challenge match season before the serious action gets underway. So, then, which of the choices below do you think best sums up our 2013 NFL campaign?