Victory needed to book semi-final spot
THE Mayo senior football squad will return to training tonight (Tuesday) knowing that a win over Kerry in Tralee next Sunday will send them through to the semi-finals of the National League.
That is the straightforward scenario for James Horan’s team after their comprehensive victory over All-Ireland champions, Dublin, in Castlebar last Saturday night.
Mayo’s twelve-point win saw them leap-frog Armagh, Down and Dublin to move into third place in the Division 1 table. A victory in their final group game next weekend would be enough for a place in the knock-out stages on Sunday, April 15.
Despite the facile nature of his team’s success last weekend, the Mayo manager was sticking to his tried-and-trusted approach ahead of their trip to Kerry.
“To be honest we just train hard and try to improve every time we play,” he said. “Sometimes we don’t play as well as we can. We’re just trying to get consistency into our game. We’ll train Tuesday and Friday and get ready for Kerry.
“I keep saying that we’re trying to learn every single time we go out. We’re working hard, we’re sticking at it, and we’re getting better and better as we’re going along.
“We’re going to continue to do that. There were some things we did very well today, some things we can improve on, but we’ll just keep on the road we’re on.”
Mayo are not believed to have picked up any injuries, and will have Ger Cafferkey back after he missed last weekend’s game due to a family wedding.
Enda Varley, who has missed Mayo’s last two outings due to illness and injury, will be hoping to be back in contention.
NFL Division 1
Kerry v Mayo
Sunday, april 8
Tralee at 2.30pm
Referee: M Condon (Waterford)