I’ve just done a quick trawl through the usual Monday morning sources and here’s what I’ve landed in terms of match reports. The Indo leads with Johnno playing down yesterday’s win (it’d be safe enough for any journo to set up that headline as a Word template, I reckon) but it’s interesting that this downbeat quote is somewhat at odds with the more positive vibes he was giving off in that interview he did with Midwest just after the match had ended. To be fair to Johnno, what he’s reported as saying to the Indo makes complete sense, in that you won’t find us bragging about our two February wins over the Tribesmen if they end up kicking our holes come summer, but the notion that his mission (as bainisteoir, not as TD) is one to dispel doom and gloom within the county is kinda nice too. Here’s to more love and happiness when we sock it to the Dubs in two weeks time.
The Times has a cracking photograph of a grim (and rather hairy) faced Aidan O’Shea coming into close contact with a very resolute looking Finian Hanley. As one of the lads on gaaboard.com said yesterday evening, this particular mano a mano could, if Aidan stays on this side of the world, become the definitive battle in Connacht over the next decade.
Mike Finnerty has a brief report in the Mayo News, though I suspect this will be superseded by a more considered piece in the print edition of the paper tomorrow. This report also contains confirmation – which Johnno also gave in that post-match Midwest interview – that Mark Ronaldson has appealed his month’s ban and that a hearing on this is expected to take place sometime this week.
Finally, there’s also a piece on the match in Gaelic Rising. That’s the full load, by the looks of it.