25
Sat, Sep
20 New Articles

3 big game talking points

Sport

A GRAND STRETCH IN THE EVENINGSMayo manager James Horan walks by his players as they warm up before the recent National League match against Westmeath in Mullingar. Pic: Sportsfile


Mike Finnerty

1 Collins one of our Eoghan
THE most obvious connection between the Mayo and Clare camps ahead of next Sunday’s game is provided by Eoghan Collins from Ballyhaunis.
The talented dual player has been part of the Clare senior panel for the last five seasons and lined out against Mayo in the 2017 All-Ireland Qualifiers.
Eoghan, who is a nephew of Clare manager, Colm Collins, started their recent wins against Laois and Kildare at left-corner back but sat out the narrow defeat to Cork.
Collins only took up hurling at 17 years of age, but won a Nicky Rackard Cup with Mayo back in 2016. He also played Under-21 football with his native county.

2 All change in four years
THE last time that Mayo played Clare was in the 2017 All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers.
Anybody who was there, or watched on TV, will probably remember much of that game for the sense of nervous tension that hung in the air for much longer than it should have.
Clare gave Stephen Rochford’s team a real fright that day before goals from Diarmuid and Cillian O’Connor got Mayo out of jail.
They left Cusack Park that day with a 2-14 to 0-13 victory but only after a good battle.
As it happens, nine of the Mayo squad who got game-time that day have retired since.
A tenth, Evan Regan, has not been part of the panel since 2018.   

3 Make-up of Mayo’s panel
SLOWLY and surely we are joining the dots about Mayo’s panel for the National League and upcoming championship.
Team management have been reluctant to confirm who’s ‘in’ and who’s ‘out’ but the last three games have answered most of our questions anyway.
It seems that Mayo are operating off an extended squad (at least to the end of the league), with any players outside of that being part of what’s termed ‘a development panel’.
It was interesting to see Brendan Harrison and Jason Doherty both attended last week’s game in Castlebar but neither were deemed ready for the match-day squad.
Another man sitting with the Mayo players who didn’t tog the last day was Knockmore goalkeeper, Colm Reape.

 

Latest Sport

Some more final thoughts

FOOTBALL Edwin McGreal looks at some of the relevant issues in the wake of Mayo’s All-Ireland Final defeat to Tyrone

Read more ...

Time for some perspective

FOOTBALL Billy Joe Padden feels there is too much noise around Mayo and the team after the latest All-Ireland Final loss

Read more ...

Why look back in anger?

FOOTBALL Ger Flanagan expands on some of the things that have struck him when watching and listening to the All-Ireland Final fall-out

Read more ...

What’s another year for Mayo?

FOOTBALL  Seán Rice feels that Tyrone weren’t given enough respect by some Mayo people in advance of the recent All-Ireland Final

Read more ...

Tickets required for club games

Anybody wishing to attend next weekend’s Mayo club championship matches will have to purchase a ticket in advance

Read more ...