Whatever about losing a game by 14 points and having to deal with the fall out of that and your second defeat on the trot, the Mayo hurlers made the headlines both locally and nationally for all the wrong reasons last weekend. Murt Connolly’s side were in Ruislip last weekend to take on London on Saturday, but it was what happened on Sunday when they missed their flight home from Luton airport that made the headlines.
Whatever happened to cause them to miss the flight, a full report will be made at the next county board meeting. At this week’s meeting, hurling board chairman John Hopkins made no excuses for what happened, saying: “We played four games in the national league, we won one, drew one and lost two. But our last episode in London over the weekend left a lot to be desired.”
County board chairman Paddy McNicholas accepted the request for a meeting between the executive and the hurling team manager Murt Connolly. Mayo will wrap up their league campaign this Sunday in McHale Park when they take on high flying Kildare who have booked their place in the league final already. The Lilywhites have a 100 per cent record from their four games so far and will be hot favourites going into Sunday’s game. Last weekend Mayo went down by 3-18 to 1-10, but worryingly they only scored 1-1 of that total from play over the course of 70 minutes.