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3 big game talking points against Galway


UP IN THE AIRMayo’s Aidan O’Shea catches a kick-out ahead of Galway’s Ciarán Duggan last Saturday night. Pic: Sportsfile

Mike Finnerty

1 Mayo’s poor record against Galway
YOU can dress it up any way you want but Mayo’s record against Galway over the last four seasons is nothing short of woeful. They’ve played seven games in three different competitions with the same outcomes — Galway victories.
Mayo failed to score a goal against the Tribesmen in either the league or championship meetings last year, and it was the same again last weekend.
No green flag raised.
Another pattern that has emerged is that Mayo have also failed to score more than 0-12 in those three matches.
The sides could well meet again in a Connacht Final later this summer, but if they do will things be any different?

2 Walking wounded are badly missed
AS reported in The Mayo News before Christmas, if Cillian O’Connor plays any league football this season it will be against Kerry and Monaghan in the final two games.
The former Mayo captain is still rehabilitating from a knee operation but is believed to be close to a return to action.
The same can’t be said for Cian Hanley, who revealed last weekend that he won’t be ready to line out in this year’s league as he also recovers from knee surgery.
But Paddy Durcan (quad), Ger Cafferkey (hamstring) and Evan Regan (shoulder) should all be in contention for the trip to Kerry on Saturday week next.  

3 Lack of activity on subs’ bench
JAMES Horan is on record as saying that if there was a close call to be made on team selection between an experienced campaigner and a new recruit this spring, then the young player would get the nod.
However, it was curious to see the likes of Eoin O’Donoghue, Michael Plunkett, James McCormack, James Carr and Fergal Boland all among the unused subs last Saturday night.
Mayo only made three changes against Galway, one in the last half an hour — when Brian Reape came on in the 69th minute.
It seemed odd, especially considering they had failed to score between the 55th and 75th minutes.