IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO Castlebar’s Danny Kirby attemts to solo past Garrymore’s Trevor Nally during Sunday’s Mayo SFC semi-final which ended in a draw. Pic: Michael Donnelly
IT’S 35 years since Garrymore last played in the Mayo SFC Final but Jimmy Killeen says that the South Mayo men are ‘ready to go again’ in Wednesday evening’s semi-final replay against Castlebar Mitchels.
Garry’s left-footed marksman landed a brilliant equaliser from a free, four minutes into injury-time, to earn Kevin Walsh’s team a draw against the reigning champions on Sunday.
Afterwards Killeen paid tribute to his team-mates’ ‘fighting spirit’ as he reflected on the way that Garrymore wiped out six-point and three-point deficits at different stages during the second half against the holders.
The 36 year-old forward also elaborated on his decision to kick that late equalising free off the ground rather than out of his hands.
“With the conditions that were out there, the greasy surface, I just said ‘I’ll put this one on the ground and trust my instinct, trust my technique’.
“Thankfully it went over, I hit it well, I’ll admit that” Killeen told Mayo GAA TV.
“But the lads kept plugging away, kept chipping away, even when we had a couple of wides. We go again now.”
Meanwhile, Castlebar’s Danny Kirby (who scored a goal inside the opening minute of the second half) said that Mitchels were ‘delighted to be still in the championship’.
“You wait three months for a game and then two come in the space of four days, but that’s the way it falls,” smiled the Mayo panelist afterwards.
“It was a good game, Garrymore put it up to us from the start, and we knew they would.
“In fairness, in the second half they clawed their way back and deserved to get that point at the end.
“We’re delighted to be still in the championship. We were a few points up at half-time but we knew the quality of players that Garrymore have, they never die.
“We’re just happy to get another go on Wednesday night.”
Jimmy Killeen also addressed the fact that matches are coming thick and fast now with Garrymore facing into their third game in ten days tomorrow evening.
“For old lads like myself, it’s not great news,” he grinned. “We’ll just have to prepare again, like we did for today, go away tonight and analyse the performance, and try and get ready for Wednesday night. It’s a quick turnaround.”
Mayo SFC semi-final replay
Castlebar v Garrymore
Wednesday, October 18
Castlebar at 8.00pm
Referee: R Gurren (Aghamore)