Things needed to go right for Mayo yesterday both at MacHale Park and up in Healy Park if the county's hopes of making it to this year's National Football League final were to be realised. There were plenty of dramatics in both games but in the end Mayo won and so did Tyrone so, for the first time since 2012, we're headed for the Division One decider and a date with Kerry at Croke Park next weekend.
In the latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast we take you right into the heart of the action as it unfolded in both venues yesterday. Co-hosts Rob Murphy and John Gunnigan of the Mayo GAA Blog were seated in close proximity at MacHale Park yesterday to Mayo News editor Mike Finnerty who was on duty with BBC Northern Ireland and so was able to keep track on events at Omagh. It's with Mike that Rob and John start this week's episode as they all exhale gently and reflect on what eventually proved to be a very satisfactory day for the county.
Next we hear the post-match thoughts of both managers. James Horan reflects on how the game went and he looks forward to next Sunday's League final meeting with Kerry while Monaghan's Malachy O'Rourke provides his thoughts about how this year's Division One campaign went for them.
Rob then catches up with Edwin McGreal of the Mayo News to get his overview on the team's performance and his thoughts on the importance of the county's qualification for the League decider. Following that we rejoin Rob, John and Mike for the in-match segment as they watch the action unfold and see how the county's place in the final was secured.
This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes and SoundCloud. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website ad well as on the Mayo GAA Blog.
Watch out for our bonus League final preview edition of the podcast - that'll be online on Thursday.