FLYING HIGH Mayo’s Tommy Conroy is pictured scoring his first goal in senior championship football against Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon last Sunday. Pic: Sportsfile
1 Cillian catches fire
THERE was understandably a lot of concern among Mayo supporters when Cillian O’Connor wasn’t included in the squad for the recent National League defeat against Tyrone due to a slight injury.
Last Sunday O’Connor showed just what Mayo had missed when he crowned his 91st appearance for the county with a man of the match display. He led the forwardline superbly, showed his leadership qualities, and chipped in with a tally of 1-9 which included a few brilliant long-range deadball efforts.
His latest scoring burst brings his career tally to 31-419 in league and championship, and if he can stay fit then Mayo have a much better chance of winning a Connacht title.
2 Debutants galore
IN years to come surely the number of championship debutants who appeared for Mayo against Leitrim last Sunday will feature in plenty of quiz questions.
A remarkable eight players cut their teeth at senior championship level for the first time in Carrick-on-Shannon as James Horan started six (Oisin Mullin, Eoghan McLaughlin, Bryan Walsh, Ryan O’Donoghue, Jordan Flynn and Tommy Conroy) and brought on two more (Rory Brickenden and Darren McHale).
Some of them performed better than others on the day, but all of them will remember their first day out in the old-school, knock-out 2020 Championship.
3 Missing in action
WITH Roscommon up next for Mayo on Sunday, the return of two four-time All Star winners, Keith Higgins and Colm Boyle, to the match-day squad last weekend certainly caught the eye.
It’s understood that both of them were carrying knocks recently so didn’t feature in the last two rounds of the National League but they would be handy men to have in ‘The Hyde’.
Neither of them saw action in Carrick but one man who did was James Carr, who has also been conspicuous by his absence recently.
However, some of those who didn’t make the cut for Leitrim were Rob Hennelly, Fergal Boland, Tom Parsons, Kevin McLoughlin, David McBrien, Seamie O’Shea and Donal Vaughan. It remains to be seen how many of them will kick a ball in the coming weeks.
- Mike Finnerty