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Mike Finnerty

Diarmuid O’Connor’s first half red card
HIS reaction when referee Conor Lane flashed the red card last Sunday spoke volumes.
The reality of what had just happened hit Diarmuid O’Connor hard and quite a bit of time passed before he began the long walk to the sideline.
It was a split-second decision by the Mayo forward to raise his right arm as Paul Conroy moved in to challenge, and the contact left Lane with no choice but to produce a red card.
Conroy also had to leave the field with a blood streaming from his mouth, his day over as well.
The sight of a crestfallen O’Connor walking down the tunnel will have resonated with all Mayo fans too. It was a watershed moment.

Tom Parsons’ serious injury
THE result of the match and all that it entails for Mayo was put into perspective by the sight of Tom Parsons being stretchered from the field midway through the second half last Sunday.
The Charlestown midfielder is an extremely popular member of the Mayo squad and has given some of the best years of his life to trying to achieve things with this group.
To suffer such a horrible knee injury is a huge blow to Parsons in terms of his health and well-being, as well as his footballing future.
We can only hope that he is not in pain this week and that he gets back on his feet again sooner rather than later.

Mayo’s chances in the Qualifiers
IF Mayo are going to reach their eighth successive All-Ireland semi-final this summer they are going to have to play seven games in nine weeks — between Qualifiers and Super 8s.
Stephen Rochford and his management team have four weeks to get the show back on the road as the Qualifiers begin for Mayo on Saturday, June 9.
They will be without Diarmuid O’Connor (suspended) and Tom Parsons (injured) for that first game but Lee Keegan should be back in action.
Only four wins in four Qualifiers matches will be enough to see Mayo into the Super 8s.
Another test of their physical and psychological mettle awaits next month.

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