FORMER Mayo captain Alan Dillon says he doesn’t see Mayo’s poor recent home record at MacHale Park ‘as a concern’ ahead of the Connacht SFC quarter-final against Galway on Sunday, May 13 in Castlebar.
Mayo lost all three of their home National League matches at MacHale Park this season and were also beaten there by Galway in the provincial championship in 2016.
However, speaking on The Mayo News Football Podcast this week, Dillon said he’s expecting ‘a huge game’ from Mayo on their home ground next month.
“These guys are really mentally tough, I don’t see it [the poor home record] as being an issue for Mayo.
“Like all Mayo/Galway games it will be seriously competitive, and it probably won’t be enjoyable for the players” he continued.
“Every ball won, every ball turned over, there’ll be a lot of pressure and focus on the players.
“I think Galway will look to exploit Mayo’s full-back line. Mayo will have to play solid in defence, they’ll have to keep it compact and look to hit Galway on the break.
“So I think two similar styles could be on show, the middle third will be crucial in terms of primary ball and breaking ball, and it will be feisty.
“My heart says that Mayo can pull this one off because there’s a huge game in the guys.”
The Ballintubber clubman retired after last season’s All-Ireland Final defeat to Dublin having played with Mayo for fifteen seasons. He won seven Connacht senior championship medals and two All Stars during his long and illustrious county career.
Dillon said he’s ‘really looking forward’ to watching the big derby match between Mayo and Galway next month.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the lads putting in a performance” he explained.
“I know the amount of work that goes in, and it’s absolutely phenomenal. This is the first step in what can be a massive summer for them.
“No better match to start off with than Galway, and if you win it then you have serious momentum for the rest of the championship.”