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Moyles makes no excuses in defeat

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PLENTY TO PONDER Some of the Mayo ladies squad are pictured after losing to Galway in last Sunday's Connacht LGFA Senior Championship Final at Tuam Stadium. Pic: Ray Ryan

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Michael Gallagher

THE Connacht LGFA senior championship cup had been handed over and Galway were preparing for an evening of celebration when Michael Moyles stood in a quiet part of Tuam Stadium and spoke with the press on Sunday evening.
The Mayo manager had watched his team — minus six of the players that started against Dublin in their last championship match in August of last year — try and fail to win the provincial title and didn’t mince his words when questioned about his feelings.
“I’m disappointed with the first half performance. In the second half we showed more of what we can do but Galway had that five-point cushion and could sit back a bit more.
“We fluffed a number of chances and kicked some very bad wides. We missed ten or eleven very scoreable chances and when there’s only four points between the teams at the end, that tells its own story.”
Why were Mayo so disappointing in the opening 30 minutes?
“Our transition was so poor in the first half,” he explained. “We kicked the ball far too much coming out of defence. There wasn’t the hard-running that we needed to make an impression and that’s very disappointing. Our half-forward line were sucked back and when we didn’t run the ball we had limited options in attack.
“We gave the ball away 13 times in the first half and you cannot do that against a team of Galway’s quality,” the Crossmolina man added as the pitch cleared and the winners went home with the cup.
“Galway were up for it but we didn’t help ourselves in that regard. The majority of the Galway team are All Ireland club champions, and they don’t achieve things by chance.
“They have all their players back; they have aspirations to be All Ireland champions and we’re at a point where we want to keep working with the panel we have and keep getting better.
“We had very good displays from some of our young players,” he continued.
“I thought Aoife Geraghty was excellent. Saoirse Lally was good too. The experienced players such as Fiona McHale, Danielle Caldwell and Kathryn Sullivan really stepped up in the second half but we had left ourselves with too much to do,” Moyles said when asked about his team’s second half revival.
One of the positive aspects to be taken from Sunday’s encounter was the return of Rachel Kearns to the Mayo colours. The Crossmolina woman came off the bench during the second half and was on hand as the guests fought their way back into contention.
“As soon as Rachel returned from Australia she was training with us, but unfortunately she picked up an injury and isn’t up to full fitness yet. She had an impact today when she came on because she’s a quality player and will be better again in a few weeks time.
“Today’s match will stand to us going forward. Sinead Walsh got a full game into her legs and we have three minors there on the bench who came into the squad recently and will be challenging for places for the All Ireland series.
“We’re looking forward to three big championship games now against Tipperary, Cavan and either Dublin or Meath, so that will be a huge learning process for our group.”
The first of those games is due to take place on Saturday, June 11.

 

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