1 Mayo’s missed chances
THERE’S no doubt that Michael Solan and his players will know this week that they could so easily have snatched victory last Sunday.
But, unfortunately, they butchered too many scoring chances, especially in the last ten minutes.
Ross Egan’s goal chance in the 55th minute was definitely one that got away as Kildare’s goalkeeper, Aaron O’Neill, made a smart save to deny the Mayo full-forward.
Had that gone in, it would have been a two-point game.
Colm Moran and Jordan Flynn also shot wides in the closing stages while near-misses were racked up via the post and Hawkeye during the second half too.
In the end, they all added up.
2 Jordan Flynn’s red card
THERE’S very little to say about the young Crossmolina man’s sending-off that hasn’t been said already.
The red mist descended on Flynn after 60 minutes and, unfortunately, he lost his focus and his discipline.
The Mayo midfielder could have no arguments with Niall Cullen’s decision to show him a red card.
Pushing the referee is totally and utterly unacceptable, and Jordan will have to deal with the consequences now.
However, he’s young and showed during Sunday’s game that he’s a very talented and powerful footballer. In fact, he was one of Mayo’s most impressive performers.
Some of the reaction to Flynn’s red card — especially on social media — left a lot to be desired.
We all make mistakes.
3 Hyland’s heroics for Kildare
EVERYBODY knew going into Sunday’s game that Jimmy Hyland was the main man for the Lilywhites.
The stylish corner-forward had racked up 1-16 between the Leinster Final win over Dublin and their All-Ireland semi-final victory over Kerry.
If Mayo were to upset the odds, and beat Kildare, they would have to tie him down.
Instead, the elusive Hyland walked away with the man of the match award after kicking ten points, eight from play.
Johnny Maughan being forced off so early with an injury certainly didn’t help Mayo’s plan to deal with Hyland, and a half-back like Cathal Horan was always going to struggle with him too.
In the end, Hyland was the difference between the teams.