A week on from Mayo's Connacht championship semi-final defeat to Roscommon, it's time to put some distance between the county and this latest provincial setback. The Mayo News football podcast did this literally, by hitting the road for Clones where, with Sunday's Ulster semi-final between Cavan and Armagh as the backdrop, the talk quickly turned towards Mayo's reversal in Castlebar and where the county goes from here.
This latest episode of the podcast starts in the Diamond in Clones, where co-hosts Rob Murphy and John Gunnigan of the Mayo GAA Blog are joined by Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty and former Mayo star and RTÉ co-commentator John Casey, before the latter two head off on media duties at the game in St Tiernach's Park.
We then rejoin Rob and John, now perched high on the terrace at St Tiernach's Park across from the main stand, where, in the midst of plenty of noisy and boisterous Cavan and Armagh support, they watch a thrilling contest play out, one that ended all-square after extra-time. Mayo's fate in this year's championship is never far from their minds, however, as they ponder on the damaging implications for James Horan's team of last weekend's loss to Roscommon.
Back downtown in Clones after the game, Rob and John are rejoined by Mike Finnerty and John Casey where the discussion quickly turns to Mayo and the qualifier road that once more awaits the county.
By now it's all kicking off at the Diamond, with the podcast crew becoming eye-witnesses to a rather comical public order-related arrest. No better time, then, to cut away to Rob chatting with Mayo News columnist Billy Joe Padden on the road facing Mayo over the coming weeks.
We also have some bonus audio thanks to our friends at the 'we are Cavan Podcast' with their fantastic story of all the details about the dog that invaded the pitch in Kingspan Breffini Park during their victory over Monaghan. Big thanks to podcast presenters Damien Donohoe and Paul Fitzpatrick for letting us share that with you.
To finish this week's show and with calmness once more descending on Clones, the lads offer their predictions on Mayo's chances of making the Super Eights via the backdoor, before they set out on their homeward journeys.
This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Podomatic and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website and on the Mayo GAA Blog.
The Mayo News football podcast's championship coverage this summer is proudly sponsored by J Streicher. “When it absolutely, positively has to be financed on Wall St.” Visit our website at www.jstreicher.eu