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3 talking points from Saturday night

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SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUTMayo supporter Joe Ginty from Bonniconlon celebrate Brian Reape’s goal in last Saturday night’s National League win over Roscommon at MacHale Park, Castlebar. Pic: Conor McKeown

Mike Finnerty


1 The atrocious conditions
THERE have been very few occasions down through the years when supporters have left a GAA match at half-time because of the bad weather.
But that’s what happened last Saturday night with some spectators bailing out after getting soaked and frozen before the game had even started — not to mention during the opening half.
The sight of supporters struggling to hold their balance standing on the terrace, of umbrellas being blown inside out, and the rain drenching people in the front rows of the stand was as surreal as it was unfortunate.
The players had to tough it out until the end though, and must have been furious when they discovered there was no hot water in the dressing-rooms!

2 Donie Smith’s tackle
JUDGING by the reaction since last Saturday night’s game, Roscommon’s Donie Smith may well be summoned to Croke Park this week to explain exactly what happened when he tangled with Keith Higgins during the first half.
Certainly his left hand was too close to Higgins’ eye for comfort, and Smith may now have to explain his case.
The fact that referee Barry Cassidy took no action at the time means that Smith can now be sanctioned retrospectively.

3 Mayo’s home record
NOT long after James Horan was ratified at the beginning of last November, he spoke about the need for Mayo to address their poor home record in recent seasons at MacHale Park.
Before last Saturday night they had won only 14 of their previous 28 National League matches in Castlebar.
The victory over Roscommon was only their fourth success in their last 11 league games on their home field.
The test for Horan now will be repeating last Saturday night’s trick with Cavan, Galway and Monaghan all due to visit in the coming weeks and months.
Remarkably, Mayo lost all six games they played in three different competitions at MacHale Park last season.

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