The All-Ireland SFC qualifier between Cavan and Tyrone has been confirmed for Brewster Park.
Mayo’s wanderings through the qualifiers over the last few summers have given the county’s loyal followers plenty of memorable days out. Yesterday at Semple Stadium in Thurles, in sizzling hot and sunny conditions, was another one to add to the list, as well as another back door game that had supporters’ nerves jangling before that blistering late spell saw us make it safely into Round 3.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast, we bring you all the excitement of the trip to Tipp. Host Rob Murphy and I take you through the rip-roaring contest as it unfolded but while the supporters could relax and enjoy the balmy evening conditions after the final whistle had sounded the podcast was then only getting into its stride.
Post-game we hear from Mayo News regulars Seán Rice and Edwin McGreal, with Danny Carey also making a welcome return to the podcast fray off the bench. There’s after-match reaction from Stephen Rochford and Paddy Durcan, while Tipp’s Declan Browne explains what went wrong for his native county. Special guest star Tom Parsons also provides his thoughts on the game and where it leaves us. Not content with all that, Rob tracks down the fans behind the giant Mayo flag that was unfurled on the town end terrace at Semple Stadium yesterday.
This jam-packed podcast episode is now online and available to listen to on both iTunes and SoundCloud. You can also listen to it on the Mayo News website or alternatively here on the blog using either the player below or the one on the panel on the right.
?The Mayo News football podcast is proudly sponsored by the Oxford Arms in Camden Town. That All-Ireland preview night over in London is getting nearer all the time!
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In swelteringly hot conditions at MacHale Park this afternoon, the Mayo ladies lost out narrowly to Galway in the Connacht LGFA senior football final. The contest was close from start to finish, with Galway claiming the game’s final two scores to win by two points, 0-17 to 1-12.
Defending champions Galway led for most of the game but the home team never let them open up too big a gap. Galway got the first three scores and then stretched their lead to four points at one stage but the gap was back to two by half-time, at which point the champions led by 0-9 to 0-7.
Galway pushed their lead back out to four points again after the break but then Fiona Doherty bagged the game’s only goal (video here) and soon after Sinead Cafferkey pointed to square the contest up with time running out.
Coming down to the wire, however, it was the defending champions who held their nerve better. Two late points from them confirmed Galway as Connacht champions for the sixth time in the last seven years.
All’s not lost for the Mayo ladies, though, as they now progress to the round-robin phase of the All-Ireland championship. They’ll be in Group 4 where they’re likely to come up once more against Dublin (assuming the Dubs win Leinster) and Cavan.
Hard luck to the ladies on today’s result and the best of luck to them in the championship from here on.
Match reports on today’s provincial decider – LGFA, Mayo Advertiser.
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I think it’s safe enough to say that Jason Doherty is one of our unsung idols. Not in our house, mind, as he’s a bit of folk hero to those of us under this roof, but, for sure, he’s a player who rarely gets sufficient plaudits more generally for what he does on the pitch for us.
Yesterday wasn’t another one of those days where Jason’s performance went unnoticed. A bit like last year, the Burrishoole clubman showed yesterday that he’s hitting form just at the time when we really need players to step up. He did this in spades at Semple Stadium.
His booming three points from play, allied to his powerful running – drawing fouls from which further points were claimed – and strong tackling made his contribution to our win over Tipperary impossible to ignore. He was selected as Man of the Match on Sky Sports last night and in the poll here on the site he’s now followed it up with winning the blog’s MOTM prize too.
As the graphic below shows there was a good spread to the votes for this poll. Jason was the clear winner but James Durcan, Kevin McLoughlin (another star performer who rarely gets showered with accolades for what he does for us), Aidan O’Shea and Diarmuid O’Connor all deservedly got plenty of recognition in the polling booth this time out.
Well done to all of them for the significant parts they all played in helping to get us across the line yesterday.
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The GAA has issued a statement confirming the arrangements for the Kildare versus Mayo and Cavan versus Tyrone All-Ireland SFC round 3 qualifier games.
The draw for Round 3 of the qualifiers has just been made and we’ve been paired with Kildare, the Lilywhites having home advantage.
The Round 3 matches will be played this coming weekend and the GAA will confirm the finer details later on today. I’ll be back later as well with some more background information on our Round 3 opponents.
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Photo: Leinster Leader
Seeing as we’re now in game-every-weekend mode – assuming, that is, we stay up on the horse – there’s no time for leisurely run-ins to what’s up ahead. Semple Stadium and the trip to Tipp? History. Now it’s all about Round 3 and our meeting with Kildare this coming Saturday.
There’s still no clarity on the venue for this fixture. Kildare were first out of the pot so they’re entitled to host the game but the obvious issue is that St Conleth’s Park is a small venue – it can apparently fit no more than 12,000, with most of them standing on the three small terraces as well as a good proportion of the equally modest stand – and a big crowd is likely to want to get to the game. We’ll know more on that, though, shortly.
Being drawn to play Kildare means that for the third time in this year’s qualifier odyssey we’ve been paired with teams we’ve encountered before in the back door. In this instance, we last met the Lilies in 2016, also in Round 3, on a glorious Saturday evening at MacHale Park. We fairly whipped them on that occasion, in an era when they would have had far more experience of going through the scenic route while we were still qualifier ingénues.
Kildare were a Division Two side two years ago but in 2017 they won promotion to the top tier, finishing second to Galway in the table (on five wins and two losses). They then lost out to Galway in the Divisional final.
They made the Leinster final as well last summer. Big wins over Laois and Meath got them to the decider but, of course, they got their asses handed to them by the Dubs in the final, a pre-ordained outcome that is now such an intrinsic part of Leinster GAA football culture. The natives love it, I’m told.
It’s always a tricky proposition being pitched into the qualifiers in Round 4. Kildare drew surprise packets Armagh in that round and it was a late surge from the Orchard County that secured them the win at Croke Park and ended Kildare’s involvement in the championship.
Division One proved tough for the Lilies this spring as well. Seven matches, seven defeats – including a seven-point loss to us at Newbridge in March – sent Cian O’Neill’s side spinning back down to the League’s second tier. Mind you, League form isn’t always relevant: just ask Donegal.
In Kildare’s case, though, poor spring form preceded early summer disaster. Carlow’s good win over Louth in the Leinster preliminary round should have served as fair warning to the Lilies but it was an alert that went unheeded. At O’Connor Park in Tullamore in late May the Barrowsiders recorded a famous provincial quarter-final victory over Kildare – their first championship victory over the Short Grass County since 1953 – and it was a fully-deserved win too, Carlow coming out on top in that one by 2-14 to 1-10.
In fairness to Saturday’s opponents, however, they’ve recovered their composure well since then and, more to the point, they’ve learned how to win again. And as we know so well, momentum in the qualifiers is hugely important.
In Kildare we’ll be meeting a team that also started out in Round 1 this summer and so, like us, they’re a team that’ll come into this tie with two wins under their belt. Also like us, these are victories chiselled out away from home but in their case against, arguably, trickier opposition.
Derry up in Owenbeg is no gimme in a Round 1 qualifier tie but Kildare came away from the Oak Leaf County with a 2-22 to 2-14 win. Having lost ten matches on the spin before that game (the linked report claims it was 12 but that’s incorrect, as the above narrative shows), the win they secured up North must have come as a huge morale-booster to the Lilies.
Longford in Pearse Park can be tricky too – as we ourselves still recall – but Kildare kept their nerve last Saturday to snatch victory by 1-16 to 1-13. Kildare never led in that Round 2 fixture until the 69th minute but they got the late scores they needed to wriggle clear at the finish.
So, that’s a quick bit of background on Kildare’s recent form. The bookies fancy us to come through this one but they’re not exactly putting their shirt on us either – we’re priced at 4/9 and the handicap is set at three points. Let’s, though, finish up with a poll to test the temperature: how do you reckon we’ll do in our next qualifier battle?Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
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In a quite stunning volte face, one that opens up a whole Pandora’s box in terms of ramifications for the organisation, the GAA has today blinked first and reversed its decision in relation to the scheduling of our Round 3 qualifier match on Saturday against Kildare. The match will now go ahead at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge, where throw-in will be 7pm. David Gough will ref the game.
There’s been more than enough said about the scheduling of this game in the last few days to last a lifetime. The implications for this decision are hugely wide-ranging for the GAA but that’s a consideration for others at another time. For us, it’s time now to start focusing on the match itself. Newbridge, for good or ill, is where the match will be played and it’s the match itself that is of sole relevance now.
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