It’s Monday morning and, for us at least, the 2018 League season is now in the past. And we’re still in Division One. Let’s have a look at some of the coverage from yesterday’s late, late show by the lads up in Ballybofey.
Talking of match reports, yesterday was the second game in a row where I bashed out my own report for the blog before hitting the road home. Doing it this way makes for a more hurried account but, to be honest and as the list of links below show, match reports are pretty much a commoditised item at this stage so it doesn’t make too much sense to sit for hours agonising over every last word … okay, I’ve never really done that but you know what I mean.
Yesterday, with the juices flowing nicely as I sat in the car close to the ground, I was able to hammer out the 1,000 or so words, pick a photo to go with them, upload the lot – 4G is a real game-changer here, it’s bloody brilliant – and that was job done. We were on the road before 6.30pm and just in the door before the ball was thrown in on TV for the highlights programme at half-nine.
Right, onto the match reports and related stuff. While I’m talking about my own day, I may as well point you first towards my own audio offering (which is here), blathered out while still on the terrace.
Another digression before getting to the coverage, which relates to the photo at the top. We remained on the terrace doing the after-match chat for the podcast ’till well after MacCumhaill Park was emptied. For much of that time, Aidan O’Shea was still out on the pitch, making himself available for photos and signing autographs for kids, from both counties. What a gent.
Okay, let’s hit the reports.
Bonus video: RTÉ (John Casey’s rather restrained reaction on air to our late leveller).
The one sobering bit from all that is contained in Stephen Rochford’s admission to the Irish Times that Lee Keegan is likely to be out for “three to four months to be honest” following shoulder surgery. The bottom line, as we’re all – Lee more than anyone – having to accept, is that we need to make it to the championship shake-up without the services of the best player in the country.
In terms of match coverage, that’s the lot but it’s far from everything today.
In particular, stay tuned for what promises to be a cracking edition of the Mayo News podcast recorded at MacCumhaill Park yesterday. In it you’ll hear from Rob, Ed and myself (including a bit where, to my shame, I lose the faith at half-time), as well as Martin Carney, whom I was delighted to meet for the first time yesterday, and, as a man with a foot in both camps, was able to provide a unique take on yesterday’s game.
There’s also stuff with some supporters, there’s post-match audio from Stephen Rochford and Eoin O’Donoghue and there’s Billy Joe Padden’s League wrap. As I said, it’s a bumper episode and Rob is, even as we speak, stitching it all together. It should be online early afternoon or so.
Don’t forget our usual Man of the Match poll, the final one in this year’s NFL campaign. Conor Loftus looks well positioned there to claim back-to-back MOTM honours but voting remains open for several hours yet.
Kevin McLoughlin is in second spot, by the way, and motoring well. He bursts into space, he looks up, he wouldn’t, he couldn’t, fuck me he’s going to. Enjoy your Monday, folks.
Kevin McLoughlin with the crucial point to leave the sides even as the ref blows the whistle pic.twitter.com/Rrj6zuSmCN
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