MAYO manager Derek Walsh from Ballyhaunis expressed satisfaction with the sterling display of his panel. “This was our first competitive game of the year and it was a bit of a journey into the unknown moving up into a very competitive Division 2A,” he told The Mayo News.
“We’re missing 13 players from last year’s panel and this is a huge lot in a county where we have just four senior clubs. The absence of Keith Higgins, Kenny Feeney and Fergal Boland is a massive loss to us, but I have to say the current panel are a great bunch of lads to work with and I am delighted with how they responded to a good team like Meath.
“They really lifted their game in the second half and played with great self belief and confidence. I feel the switch of Corey Scahill and Conor Murray to the defence and Tony Sweeney to the forwards worked well.
“We showed out there today that we can live with a team like Meath, and it sets us up nicely for the trip to London next weekend. This is now a crunch game for both teams. We hope to have Paddy Kiely back for the weekend, and we also hope to have Eanna Ryan fit to play very soon again.
“We are flying out from Knock on Saturday and returning to Shannon on Sunday evening. The game is at 12.30pm and we hope some Mayo people in London will come to McGovern Park in Ruislip to support us,” he concluded.