Andy aims to learn lessons
MOST of the Mayo substitutes were still being put through their paces in the far corner of the St Conleth’s Park field by Ed Coughlan, and the 6,015 fans had long since left, when Andy Moran was asked about the trip to Tyrone next Sunday.
‘It’s a big game now, isn’t it?’ observed John Brennan from Mid West Radio.
Mayo’s captain smiled, and allowed himself to think out loud for a moment.
“They’re all big, aren’t they? If you get a win you’re nearly guaranteed safety but if you lose, and you’re looking behind you.
“The same thing happened to us the last couple of years.
“We’ve done very little training but we’ve no complaints about today’s result. I thought we put in an honest shift there, we didn’t have enough on the day.
“You’re probably a bit confused coming off the pitch,” he continued. “If you consolidate and play for the draw you probably come away with a point, but we went for the win.
“Kev’ [McLoughlin] went in, won a great break, but they got four around him and it was probably a disadvantage to win the break, which is unusual.
“But that’s the way, we went for the win and it just didn’t work out for us.”
Moran has played in enough of these kinds of matches to be be able to out them into perspective.
If Mayo can maintain their long and proud record residency in the top-flight, last Sunday’s narrow defeat won’t be an issue. He knows that.
Yet he can’t ignore the obvious turning points on a day when Mayo dropped at least one point, when they deserved more.
“Scoring 2-18 in the first league match of the year, you expect to win the game,” he said. “But it wasn’t to be.
“We probably had three chances to kill off the game and we never did. I think, particularly, in the first half when we went 0-10 to 0-7 up.
“I think they had a purple patch then and hit 1-4, which was vital in terms of the game.
“The second half then we got the goals to come back into it, they went down and got a goal, so it was a very unusual game.
“Usually you see those games finishing 1-8 or 1-9 at this time of year, but it was like a summer’s day really.”
Anyone who knows Andy Moran knows that he always focuses on the positive. It’s just one of the many attributes that meant he was an automatic choice to lead Mayo again this season.
So his thoughts on the ‘black card’ dished out to Aidan O’Shea on 36 minutes were interesting.
“I don’t think it really affected us. When Tom [Parsons, injured] and Aido’ [O’Shea] went off, we got 2-9 in the second half and you can’t really argue with that.
“We probably missed Aido’ a bit defensively alright, and that probably cost us slightly.”
Interview over, he left to sign some autographs, and start planning for Tyrone. Always moving forward.
Andy aims to learn lessons