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3 big game talking points


 3 big game talking points

Mike Finnerty

1 More medals for veterans
TWO Mayo stalwarts joined a select club last Sunday by winning their eighth Connacht SFC medals; take a bow, Aidan O’Shea and Kevin McLoughlin.
The dynamic duo both made their championship debuts in 2009 and are the longest-serving players left in the panel as Colm Boyle spent a few years outside the squad after his championship debut in 2008.
By our count, Keith Higgins is the only other Mayo player to have won eight Connacht SFC medals on the field of play.
At the other end of the spectrum, the likes of Enda Hession (who came on as a second half sub) was winning his first Connacht SFC medal.

2 Preparation pays off
NO effort or expense was spared to ensure that Mayo were ready to deliver a match-winning performance last Sunday and it was all worthwhile when Aidan O’Shea lifted the Nestor Cup.
A training day in Ennis the previous weekend would have helped to focus the minds and sharpen the bodies ahead of Mayo’s biggest game for seven months, while a training session in Tooreen last week (where the dimension of the hurling club’s pitch matches that of Croke Park) was the perfect way to work on their game-plans.
One only had to see the support team staff on the pitch last Sunday to realise that Mayo are covering all the bases in order to deliver winning performances and results.  

3 Injured players miss out
ON days like last Sunday it can be easy sometimes to forget the Mayo squad players who didn’t feature against Galway, for one reason or another.
During his acceptance speech, Aidan O’Shea mentioned the ‘41 players’ in the panel who played their part in the victory. And we couldn’t help but think of the likes of Brendan Harrison and Jason Doherty who haven’t yet made it back on to the field with Mayo this season despite their best efforts.
Unfortunately, it seems that Jason has had another setback in his rehabilitation from a second torn ACL and that will delay his return to action even longer.
Last Sunday must have been tough for Cillian O’Connor too.

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