DRIVING ON Castlebar Mitchels’ Paddy Durcan tries to hold off Ballinrobe’s Shane Biggins during Sunday’s Mayo SFC clash at Josie Munnelly Park. Pic: Michael Donnelly
DURING last weekend’s Mayo GAA club football championship matches, our reporters were tracking the movements of the 26 players who were part of Mayo’s match-day squad against Galway for the recent Connacht SFC semi-final.
Here’s a brief summary of how the county players fared on club duty.
PUT in a storming display in the half-back line against Ballintubber. Started at right-half but effectively played in the centre. Had 29 possessions and made eight big plays, but also lost possession three times. Went off in injury time after taking a big hit late on but he showed no ill-effects after the final whistle.
THE diminutive half-forward stood out as a county man in a forward line that was under severe pressure. Got the better of Michael Plunkett – no mean achievement – and kicked four points from play. Was twice pulled for over-carrying in the second half when he had little support. Had 16 possessions in total and looked a threat throughout.
OPERATING at midfield for Ballaghaderreen, the veteran was a class apart and was going as strong at the end as at the start. Scored 2-1 from play.
WAS steadiness personified throughout for Ballagh’ as they pipped Davitts.
PLAYED up to his usual standard against Crossmolina, accomplished, and was unlucky to be eventually beaten for Fionán Duffy’s goal.
WAS playing very well and looked sharp until picking up what looked like an impact injury in the middle of a goalmouth scramble. Stayed on for a few minutes before being removed at half-time.
SHARP, was hungry for the ball, moved well combining with other forwards, and kicked some decent scores, three from play.
LINED out in the half-back line for his club and was effective without being superb. Had 17 possessions and looked especially lively in the last quarter. There looked to be more of a spring in his step when he surged forward than we saw in Salthill.
FIFTEEN years on from making his Mayo debut, Dillon is still pulling the strings for Ballintubber. Had 30 possessions, kicked two points, had two assists and ought to have had a goal as well. Reminded everyone what he can bring to the table for Mayo.
LINED out at full-forward and led the line well. Had 19 possessions, took his goal well, and struck three good first-half points from play together with a free.
In the second half he was less of a threat as he came deep to get on ball around midfield but kicked two excellent ’45s into the wind. Ended up with 1-6 and had only one shot off target.
WORKED hard against Castlebar Mitchels, particularly in the second half, when he ran at the opposition. Was powerless to prevent his team’s defeat.
WAS everywhere and looked like a man on a mission. Almost every attack started with him running from deep, and he won the vital free that Ballyhaunis equalised from.
LINED out wearing number 15 against Parke but played sweeper throughout. This was not one of his better games and signs are on Belmullet, who seem to play better when he’s running the show. That’s something he definitely didn’t do last weekend. But got through the game without sustaining an injury.
ALTHOUGH he got through the 60-plus minutes in Carramore, it was obvious from an early stage that he’s just not right. His groin injury seriously restricted his movement and involvement, although he made a few key plays in the last five minutes.
AFTER suffering what’s believed to be a dead leg against Galway, the Mayo midfielder also wasn’t at his best. He tried hard, put himself about, and did the simple things fairly well, but wasn’t firing on all cylinders.
FLOATED between the half-forward and full-forward lines and barely went past halfway against The Neale. Wasn’t afraid to demand the ball or take his man on when he had the opportunity. Without killing himself, he scored six points, all from play.
Missed a difficult late free from the sideline.
WAS prominent for Mitchels against Ballinrobe throughout and got on the ball at every opportunity.
WORKED diligently all through from the centre forward position for Castlebar Mitchels against Ballinrobe. Scored two points from play.
OFTEN played second fiddle to Westport’s Shane Scott, but offered something on the front foot, winning a free after a neat one-two. Shot one wide.
THE talented forward was crowded out every time against Ballina, looked short on confidence, and was replaced with ten minutes left.
THUNDERED into the Davitts-Ballaghaderreen game in the second half, in trying to rescue the game for the hosts.
ALTHOUGH no one stood out at midfield in the Knockmore-Garrymore game, Nally as ever worked extremely hard, scoring a couple of excellent points.
HIS goal in the fourth minute was a splendid effort, but he failed to make any further progress against a tough-tackling Knockmore defence.
HE was superb. Did a man-marking job on Aidan O’Shea and eclipsed his Mayo team-mate while also running himself into the ground. Defended, linked play, and attacked.
RAN the show for Knockmore. On his endless energy, accurate passing and piercing runs hung the key to an impressive victory.
TOOK the fight to Charlestown, especially in the second half. A late collision with Jack Reilly prompted Reilly’s withdrawal and left Keegan hobbling afterwards.