This weekend sees the start of the football and hurling Championships and on Saturday afternoon Mayo join the fray when they travel to Sligo to take on the Yeats County at Markievicz Park. In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we preview Mayo's Connacht Championship opener.
This match preview show is hosted by Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty and he's joined by two former Mayo greats, Martin Carney and Kevin McStay. To start the show we hear Martin and Kevin’s own personal memories of playing Championship football for Mayo and how very different things were for the county back in the Seventies and Eighties. They reflect on the sense of hopelessness that often surrounded the county team's prospects back then and they discuss how their own experiences as players make them appreciate where Mayo now stand all these years later.
Turning to Saturday's knockout clash with Sligo, Martin and Kevin discuss the impact of Cillian O'Connor’s injury on the player himself, before going on to consider the possible make-up of the team for Saturday. They also provide their views on Mayo’s prospects this summer. Rounding off this preview episode, Martin and Kevin outline what they are looking for and expecting from Mayo against Sligo, including from a defensive perspective given the big scores that the team have been leaking in recent matches.
This 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 as well as on the Mayo GAA Blog.
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