Time to stand up
Mickey rallies Mayo troops as Galway come to Castlebar
WITH just days remaining to the biggest game of his term as Mayo manager, Mickey Moran has declared that attitude will be the single biggest factor in deciding next Sunday’s Connacht Final between Galway and Mayo.
“Attitude is a huge attribute to success and if you want something enough you’ll get it,” he told The Mayo News last night. “That goes for Sunday and whoever wants it the most will win the Connacht title.
“Armagh are the epitome of what is needed to win the All-Ireland. They have a great set-up. Them boys have 22 litres of water delivered to them every Monday morning, they do weights meticulously not because they have to, but because they want to. Some might say they go overboard but it’s working.”
Moran also confirmed that Ballina midfielder David Brady would play no part on Sunday while Trevor Mortimer has “come on in leaps and bounds” even if he may not start.
It will be Mayo’s third game against Galway this year and Moran feels the lure of a provincial title is a huge incentive for his team. “It’s a provincial final and is a fabulous occasion. Mayo people might argue that a provincial title doesn’t matter at this stage, that it is the All-Ireland that is all that matters. I don’t agree. Anyone worth their salt in this game wants to win a provincial title and it is a fantastic opportunity for the current team of Mayo players to win a Connacht Championship. It’s a must.”
While praising elements of Mayo’s performance against Leitrim, Moran agreed performance levels will have to improve for the Galway game.
“We have worked on things we feel we need to work on before we play Galway. It is all about a performance. The Leitrim performance wasn’t a performance that will be good enough to beat Galway but it was in terms of guts and character. Hopefully other elements of our performance will improve. We’re looking at Sunday as a game we have to win because of the tremendous honour of winning the Connacht title and because it will mean one less game in the All-Ireland series.”
MEANWHILE, Galway manager Peter Ford feels that recent games between the teams will count for nothing come Sunday. “The Connacht Final is different to the other games,” he said. “This is the big game. What’s gone on before is irrelevant. There’s going to be huge expectation in both counties and that’s going to bring on nerves.”
Reflecting on his term as Galway boss, the Ballinrobe native said the main thing he learnt was to be meticulous in his preparation for big games.
“I have to make sure that all angles are covered because, if they’re not, players will sense that. You don’t just have all the solutions on the day, a lot of work goes into it. And the solutions you have may not work. An awful lot depends on the players. They make the decisions on the day. I trust them to make the decisions. I won’t be racing on to the field telling people to do this or that. I don’t do that often. You have to trust them.”