A WORD FROM THE WISE Mayo selector Ciaran McDonald talks to Jordan Flynn before last Saturday night’s National League match against Dublin. Pic: Conor McKeown
1 Jordan Flynn’s red card
THE young Crossmolina man had started Saturday night’s game in impressive fashion, picking up where he left off against Donegal a week earlier.
But everything changed in that split second in the 14th minute when Flynn caught John Small with a high challenge in front of the stand.
Referee Barry Cassidy had no hesitation in showing him a red card, and so his second league start was over before he had got his second wind.
Everyone has an opinion on whether or not it was a red card offence, and the consensus seems to be that it a yellow card would have been sufficient punishment.
Unfortunately though, Flynn is now looking at a one-match ban.
2 The Mayo/Dublin record
SIXTEEN times now Mayo and Dublin have met in competitive matches in league and championship without Mayo managing to record a victory.
Their last win in the All-Ireland semi-final of August 2012 seems like a long time ago now, with Dublin chalking up their seventh straight victory over their old rivals last weekend.
James Horan batted away questions afterwards about the significance of Dublin’s dominance over his team ahead of a possible championship rematch later in the summer.
Dessie Farrell had this to say on the matter: “Mayo have been hugely competitive over the last number of years and you can see they’re gearing up for another big season.”
3 Mayo’s walking wounded
THE last thing that Mayo needed was inspirational defender Colm Boyle picking up a knee injury at such a crucial stage in their National League campaign.
But that’s what happened last Saturday evening when Boyle seem to twist his knee when making a routine tackle, and he seemed to be in a lot of pain when he hit the deck.
If he is sidelined he will join the likes of Keith Higgins, Donie Vaughan, Matthew Ruane, Cillian O’Connor, Ciaran Treacy and Darren Coen on the treatment table.
James Horan will be hoping that list starts to shorten dramatically soon.