Over three weeks have passed since Mayo's Connacht semi-final loss to Roscommon and there's been plenty of introspection since then on the causes and consequences of that unexpected reversal. Having now been paired with Down in Round 2 of the qualifiers, however, it's time to shift the focus towards what lies ahead and the challenge that awaits us in Newry the weekend after next.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we provide some first thoughts on our upcoming meeting with Down. Co-hosts Rob Murphy and John Gunnigan of the Mayo GAA Blog get us going, starting with some thoughts about the late, great Padraig Carney, whose death was announced on Sunday, before the chat turned towards the qualifier draw and our pairing with the Mourne County.
Next we get some intelligence on the opposition, as Rob catches up with Billy Joe Padden, who lives a short distance from Newry and so is well positioned to provide some good insights on Down and the challenge they'll pose for us. Then we hear from Down manager Paddy Tally, who spoke with Oisin Langan of BBC Radio Ulster after his team's Round 1 qualifier victory over Tipperary on Sunday.
Then we're off to the Mayo News HQ in Westport, where Mike Finnerty and Ger Flanagan give an update on the latest team news, as well as an overview of what's in this week's edition of the paper. It's an edition, by the way, that includes a wonderful elegy to Padraig Carney penned by Mayo News columnist Sean Rice.
Rounding off this week's episode Mike catches up with ex-Monaghan player Paul Finlay who gives his thoughts about the championship to date, as well as how Mayo are positioned as the county seeks to get another run through the qualifiers underway.
This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Podomatic and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website and on the Mayo GAA Blog.
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