EYES WIDE SHUT Mayo’s Colm Moran tries to hold off Leitrim’s Fergal McTague during Sunday’s Connacht FBD League match. Pic: Sportsfile
THE former Mayo Under-21 defender played little enough underage football, but has always stood out at club level. Very comfortable and confident on the ball, he drove Mayo on from centre-half back during much of their best play in the first half.
On the negative side, he was caught too advanced on a couple of occasions in the second half, particularly when Leitrim struck for their two goals with Mayo’s full-back line left very isolated.
THE versatile half-forward worked very hard and earned praise from the line in the first half from James Horan for his tracking and tackling.
Not as involved in possession as he might have wanted, but McDonagh kicked a good point early in the second half and he showed some poise and grace when carrying the ball.
A couple of turnovers against him were unfortunate, but he finished on a high, forcing a key turnover late on seconds before being substituted.
HIS goal in the first half was nearly worth the trip alone.
Reape danced past half the Leitrim defence before firing an unstoppable shot into the top-corner. He almost did likewise minutes later after another great run, but a one-two with Evan Regan was superbly cleared off the line before Reape could finish.
His willingness to run right at the Leitrim defence was refreshing and he was a real livewire in the opening half. He was more peripheral as the game went on. Part of it was Leitrim getting more cover back and linked with that too was a poorer supply of ball inside.
But he did work hard on scraps and he did well to force a turnover for a key Fergal Boland point.
A REAL livewire, the Mayo Under-20 corner-forward showed great cut and won a good amount of ball in that opening half, kicking one tidy point off his left. That point came seconds after he had fisted wide under pressure after doing well to win the ball inside with little support around him.
Like his inside forward colleagues, Moran was starved of possession in the second half as Leitrim got more and more bodies in front of their full-back line, forcing turnovers with Mayo forced to kick inside due to the new handpass rule.