GIVING HIM THE EYES Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor scores his side’s goal against Roscommon in last Sunday’s Connacht SFC semi-final at Dr Hyde Park. Pic: Sportsfile
1 First final for young guns
NEXT Sunday’s Connacht Senior Final against Galway is Mayo’s first since 2015.
That means it’s going to be a first taste of a provincial decider at this level for at least six of the Green and Red’s first XV, based on the side that started against Roscommon.
Oisin Mullin, Eoghan McLaughlin, Conor Loftus, Matthew Ruane, Ryan O’Donoghue and Tommy Conroy will be diving in at the deep end for the first time.
And it’s an even bigger deal for Mullin and McLaughlin as they didn’t get to play for Mayo in a Connacht Minor or Under-20 championship final either in the past.
2 Diarmuid breaks his duck
IT’S hard to believe, but Diarmuid O’Connor’s brilliant goal last Sunday was his first in the championship for Mayo for more than three years.
The last time the talented Ballintubber man hit the net in the championship was in the 2017 All-Ireland semi-final replay win over Kerry, so last weekend’s green flag was long overdue.
His last goal in a Mayo jersey had come in the National League Final victory over the Kingdom 19 months ago, but this latest one brings his career tally to 11 in both competitions.
The hope is that the 25 year-old can deliver even more goals in the weeks ahead.
3 Mayo still have Indian sign
THERE’S no doubt that Roscommon supporters were loudly confident that they were going to turn Mayo over in Hyde Park last Sunday.
After winning last year’s championship meeting in Castlebar, Rossies of a certain age would have known that their team had a chance to do something that hadn’t been done for 40 years.
Not since 1979/1980 had Roscommon beaten Mayo in the championship for two years running and the Primrose and Blue army had high hopes they were going to do it again.
But it wasn’t meant to be and, instead, last year’s defeat remains the only blot on Mayo’s copybook against the neighbours for the last 20 years.