None of us expected Mayo's inter-county year at senior level to finish before the end of June but the defeat to Kildare in Newbridge meant that's what happened.
Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada was the place to be for Mayo football supporters last Saturday afternoon. Those who made it to Carrick-on-Shannon got to witness a pulsating All-Ireland U20 semi-final contest, in which Mayo's young guns beat off a strong challenge from Derry to emerge the winners by three points.
Rob Murphy and John Gunnigan are joined by Mayo News columnist Billy Joe Padden to look ahead to Saturday's Round 3 All-Ireland SFC Qualifier in Newbridge
The highways and byways of the qualifiers have given us great days out over the last few summers. Part of the fun has been the dicing-with-death element of these knockout fixtures, in which, up until yesterday evening, we've always managed to secure the wins we've needed to keep the run going.
Mayo's wanderings through the qualifiers over the last few summers have given the county's loyal followers plenty of memorable days out. Yesterday at Semple Stadium in Thurles, in sizzling hot and sunny conditions, was another one to add to the list, as well as another back door game that had supporters' nerves jangling before that blistering late spell saw us make it safely into Round 3