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Kevin McStay This column entered this life on a losing note, after Meath snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in 1996. Today, the column is put to bed with the defeat to Tyrone minors, in yet another national decider that got away.
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Kevin McStay Mayo minors did everything humanly possible to bring the title home, and with seconds remaining it looked a certainty. But they must do it all again next Saturday. There is much work to be attended to in the interim.
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Kevin McStay When last we carried off the Tom Markham Cup in 1985, some of us were enjoying our salad seasons and thinking the football world was at our feet. We had made it to the big time. And we won a minor against the head.
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Image of Mayo's Keith HigginsKEVIN McSTAY The club football scene has failed to lighten the dark mood that has descended on the county post the Meath defeat. I had the holiday break to consider the bigger picture and attempt to establish absolutes but that is a tricky department.
Some of the opening questions that need examining and answers might include: Do we screw up in major games? In the three years that John O’Mahony has been at the helm, has progress been made? What are we to do with under-performing players that we know must form part of the future? Is this a team rebuilding, in transition or in decline? Have we any leaders?
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Kevin McStay Away from the senior inter-county team, how is the game of ladies football overall? Plainly speaking, the game in Mayo has lost its sheen and clubs that feed the senior set-up are in some cases clubs only in name.
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