There are worse ways to start a week, I reckon, than scanning the papers to read about a record-equalling championship win over Galway. That makes this particular Monday a better than average one in my book.
Here they all are: Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Mayo Advertiser, GAA.ie, RTÉ, The Score, Hogan Stand, Breaking News. Go, on and spoil yourself – read the lot of them. You’d never know, it could be another hundred years before we have a similar margin of victory over the neighbours.
Aside from the match reports, there’s plenty more in the papers about the match in the form of post-match quotes, some of which are worth re-quoting. First, though, here’s a list of them: Irish Times and Irish Independent (both of which have quotes from Alan Dillon, James Horan and Alan Mulholland) and Irish Examiner (with quotes from the two Alans).
RTÉ also have plenty of after-match reaction with post-match audio and video reaction from James Horan (which segues back into the panto that is The Sunday Game Live, with more of the same panto here) and Alan Mulholland (audio) and with further quotes in pieces with James Horan, Alan Mulholland and Alan Dillon. There are also post-match audio clips with Darren Coen, John Maughan and Ray Silke, as well as with Donegal analyst Brendan Devenney.
You can parse all of this content as well as I can but I’d just point to two quotes from all of the above. The first is from James Horan, where he points to where we created the platform for the win:
What set it up for us was the turnovers in the first half. Our forwards just absolutely pinned them back and really broke their spirit.
That was probably the aspect of our play that was most impressive yesterday. The lads tackled and harried mercilessly in that opening half, creating several scores – including the second goal – in the process and, as James correctly puts it, breaking Galway’s spirit.
The second quote, which I really love, comes from Alan Dillon, who marked his return with a very solid and intelligent display and who describes the brief given to the members of the Mayo forward line thus:
Up front, you have two jobs, work your arse off and get on the scoreboard.
All of the forwards did the first of the above yesterday and all bar Kevin McLoughlin did the second as well, with the Knockmore man more than compensating for a rare scoreless afternoon with several score-creating interventions.
That’s it for now and, for me, for much of the week to come as well. I’m away on a work thing from early (ludicrously early to be exact) tomorrow morning and won’t be back ’till Friday night so things may be a bit quiet from my side here on the site in the meantime. Enjoy the week, y’all.