O’Connor and Parsons on the road to recovery
THE news that Cillian O’Connor took part in a light training session with the likes of Ger Cafferkey last Sunday morning at MacHale Park will be music to the ears of Mayo supporters.
“Cillian is back running, he was on the pitch last week which is great to see,” Chris Barrett confirmed on Monday. “I’m not sure of his timeline but I’d say he’d probably be hoping to get a couple of the club league matches in during April. It’ll be a huge boost to get him back.”
Barrett also revealed that Tom Parsons is ‘back doing a bit of jogging which in itself is a huge milestone for him’.
Sunday’s schedule of events
NEXT Sunday’s League Final between Mayo and Kerry has been fixed for 4pm at Croke Park.
It forms the third and final part of a triple-header on the day with the Camogie National League Final getting the action underway at 12pm, and that’s followed by the National Hurling League Final between Waterford and Limerick at 2pm.
It will be only the second match that Mayo have played at Croke Park since the 2017 All-Ireland Final defeat to Dublin.
The first game back there was last month’s league defeat to the Dubs.
Mayo’s League Final record
MANY Mayo supporters won’t need reminding that we’ve lost three League Finals since that last famous win back in 2001 against Galway.
Donegal proved too good for Mayo in 2007 while Cork got the upper hand in both the 2010 and 2012 finals.
For the record, Mayo also lost League Finals in 1971 and 1972 (both against Kerry) and to the Dubs in 1978.
The 1970 Final win over Down means that Mayo’s record in League deciders over the last 50 years reads: played eight, won two, and lost six.
Of course, Mayo won seven out of eight league finals played in the 1930s when they were the competition ‘specialists’.