As the saying goes, it’s the old dog for the hard road. The Mayo Masters confirmed that adage earlier on today up in Ballinagh when after extra-time in the All-Ireland Masters final replay, with the drawn final three weeks ago having itself gone to extra-time, they finally got the better of a valiant Cavan team, winning in the finish by 1-12 to 1-9.
It was a late, late pointed free from Kevin Filan that resulted in a stalemate outcome – on a scoreline of 0-18 to 1-15 – at Clonberne the last day. It was stalemate too at the end of normal time this afternoon, with the teams tied at 0-10 to 1-7 at that stage.
So once again it was onto extra-time where Eddie Conroy struck the decisive blow for the Mayo lads, his goal finally putting daylight between the sides. It was an advantage they held to the finish, the three-point winning margin seeing the county land its first All-Ireland title at this level since 2009. Huge congrats to them.
While we’re on the subject of handing out plaudits, it’s only right too – not least given my connections with that part of the county – to salute Aghamore’s U21s who last evening at Bekan retained the U21A county title. Five points behind against Claremorris at the break, they stormed back into it in the second half, winning in the end by 0-13 to 1-8. Well done to them on securing back-to-back county titles at this level for the club.