Okay, Monday morning and all that so just time for a quick round-up on match reports and the like from the weekend.
For Saturday’s night’s game, Colm Gannon of the Mayo Advertiser was once again first out of the blocks within a few hours of the final whistle with this detailed report. The Indo has a short match report this morning, which includes the first post-match quotes from the new man at the helm. Here what James had to say:
We were just keen to get up and running and we were slow starting off and we were quite lethargic, particularly in the first half. But we played for about 15 minutes in the second half and Ronan McGarrity came into the game and dictated matters.
We dominated the game, but we didn’t do much with the ball. We had 40 scoring chances and we took 10 — we had 17 wides, eight into the goalie’s hands and five off the post, so we created the chances but we didn’t take them.
That is obviously something we have to work on. There was a lot of rustiness; we had a heavy training session the night before the match and that coupled with everything else made the legs a little bit heavy and it took us a while to get going.
The most interesting bit of that (the quotes, by the way, account for more than 50% of the match report) was where he talks about the stats. The shooting was, for sure, truly awful at times on Saturday night, both in terms of a failure to locate the posts (they were well lit up so no excuses there) and a lack of welly with a number of attempts at points falling short. Only Cillian O’Connor and Ronan McGarrity scored from play for us and it was ten minutes or so into the second half before we got our first score from open play. But, hey, it was only the first match in the FBD and so far too early in the year to be drawing any kind of conclusions – positive or negative – about the performance.
I know there was a problem with the link to the video clip of Mark Ronaldson’s penalty goal that I stuck up on Twitter late on Saturday night. For those of you who weren’t able to access it, here it is:
The papers today also have reports on Parke’s narrow defeat yesterday to St Peter’s of Manchester in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Junior club championship. The awful weather we had on Saturday was over there yesterday so conditions were far from ideal but it was obviously a cliff-hanger of a tie, which was only decided in favour of the home team via a last-minute goal at the end of extra-time. Late goals by home teams in the Manchester area isn’t confined to soccer, it would appear. Here’s the Indo’s match report on the game and this is the one in the Times (it’s after the report on the Crossmaglen/Neasden tie).
Finally, nobody will need reminding about the heart-breaking obsequies which culminate up in Tyrone later today. Anyone who wishes to express their condolences online to the Harte and McAreavey families on the dreadful loss of Michaela may do so via the official Tyrone GAA website – here. May she rest in peace.