Quarter-finals are potential banana skins for provincial champions. They don’t have a second chance.
The year was 1967. Twelve seasons had gone by for Mayo without a conquest. Hope was wearing thin.
Mayo got their retaliation in first, and within minutes hapless Sligo were engulfed in a relentless vortex.
FOOTBALL A Connacht title is the summit of their dreams. Win or lose, Sligo’s aspirations will recede after Sunday.
FOOTBALL Mayo, generally, have had good teams but poor leaders. If anyone can change that, it might be Aidan O’Shea.
FOOTBALL Mayo managers turn to Andy Moran when crises loom. He has been an enduring safety valve in times of trouble.
FOOTBALL It was not the classic we had expected, but for rusty Mayo, it was the required result to get them on track.
FOOTBALL For more than half a century we have followed their wars and romanticised their history, says Seán Rice.
FOOTBALL Only in Ulster has the serious stuff commenced, Donegal and Monaghan now seem on course for an Ulster decider.
FOOTBALL Seán Rice saw Castlebar Mitchels beat Ballaghaderreen and Kiltane edge out Shrule/Glencorrib.
FOOTBALL Varying degrees of expectation accompany those teams testing the Mayo Senior Championship water on Sunday.