Remember once upon a time that we, as a footballing county, didn’t do the qualifiers? Now, well into a second year of hard pounding, it’s a far more familiar route for us and even this welcome two-week gap between the Round 3 and 4 ties hasn’t come as a huge shock.
The mini-break we’ve got until Saturday week means that we don’t have to dash away from thinking about the last game in our haste to get where we need to go for the next one. Instead, there’s a bit of time to review last weekend and where it leaves us in the scheme of things before thinking ahead to Cork.
Mind you, the tickets for the Cork game are now on sale so if you want to get those sorted, you can do so now. The online link for this is here, though tickets will also be available from Centra and SuperValu in the usual way. Given the capacity of the Gaelic Grounds, tickets won’t be a problem on this occasion.
I’m not going to pen a long essay here about last Saturday’s match. Instead all I wanted to do was provide you with a few links which might be of interest.
This week’s Mayo News has loads of relevant coverage and analysis. Here’s a sample – Billy Joe Padden’s tactics column, Seán Rice’s column, Mike Finnerty’s On the Road piece, Mike again with a piece on three players who caught the eye in Ennis. There’s loads more besides – I even scribbled a piece for them myself this week – if you fancy picking up a paper or digital version of this week’s edition.
Rob Carroll did a great in-depth analysis piece on our Cusack Park tactics in The 42 the other day. Well worth a look – here.
Aidan O’Shea features heavily in that piece and he was on the radio last night, speaking to the lads on Newstalk’s Off The Ball. If you fancy a listen, that one is here and The 42 also have coverage of the interview – here.
It’s funny how the narrative on Aidan has evolved over the summer, both in the wider GAA world and closer to home amongst our own supporters. Aidan’s barnstorming displays against Derry and Clare have been instrumental in this and nobody can dispute but that he’s doing his talking on the pitch right now. The interview linked above shows he can speak in a level-headed and intelligent way off it too. More power to you, Big Lad.
Finally, just in case you think I’m falling down on the job or anything I should let you know that I am continuing to collate the match report links as normal after every game, even if I haven’t had the time to do the usual Monday match report posts the last while. You’ll find them all in the 2017 results page – here.