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3 big game talking points from Mayo v Galway

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ELECTRIC CARR Mayo’s James Carr celebrates after scoring his first goal against Galway in the All-Ireland SFC Round 4 Qualifier in Limerick. Pic: Sportsfile

Mike Finnerty


1 James Carr’s two goals
IF anybody in Mayo or beyond wasn’t aware of the brilliant potential of the Ardagh attacker, they are now!
The University of Limerick student was in familiar territory last Saturday and made himself comfortable at the Gaelic Grounds with two goals in the opening seven minutes.
The second was one of the best individual goals ever scored by a Mayo footballer, coming after the big number 20 ran 60 yards through the Galway defence, slaloming past defenders, before lashing the ball into the top corner.
In that moment it was easy to see why Stephen Rochford and James Horan were both so excited by Carr’s ability, and why they included him in their panels when he was sidelined with persistent injuries.
If he can stay fit, anything is possible.

2 Lee Keegan’s miraculous recovery
AND so the legend of Leeroy continues to grow.
Not content with being one of Mayo’s all-time greatest players, a four-time All Star and the 2016 Footballer of the Year, now the Westport warrior defies medical science!
When he hurt his ankle against Armagh, it looked like Keegan was set for a spell on the sidelines.
Instead, he started to recover within days, was rumoured to have been running at training last Wednesday evening, and lo and behold was included in the match-day squad last Saturday.  
And then he comes off the bench in the 63rd minute with the game hanging in the balance, and marks a few Galway cards in his own inimitable way in the closing stages.
What a man!

3 The coin toss that wasn’t
IT turns out that shortly after Mayo were drawn to play Galway in Round 4 of the Qualifiers last Monday, Kevin Walsh agreed to a coin toss for home advantage but James Horan and Mayo refused.
Interestingly, both Walsh and the Galway Football Board chairman, Pat Kearney, tried to make an issue of it last week, highlighting the fact that Mayo’s stance meant everyone (supporters included) had to go to Limerick.
Last Saturday evening’s result justified Mayo’s decision as the neutral setting and wide open spaces saw the team play some brilliant, fast football.