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A solid, if not spectacular second half performance saw Mayo book their place in the third round of the All Ireland senior football championship qualifiers in Newry on Saturday night.
The waiting and the wondering came to an end on Monday morning, when Mayo were pulled out of the bowl alongside Down, in the draw for the second round of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifiers.
The rain poured, the wind blew a gale and the Rossies went home with the bacon.
There is very little that can be said about the Mayo faithful that has not already been said or seen on social media or the RTE news over the past few days.
Winning the national league title at the end of March is not the end goal for the Mayo team - as the next step on its journey gets under way next Sunday - in as far flung a championship location as you can get - in Gaelic Park, in the Bronx, in New York. Rather, continuing to build and develop the fundamentals they worked on during the league over the summer - is what James Horan is looking to see over the next few months.
The club championship got under way and took centre stage last weekend. All senior games went ahead on Saturday evening when playing conditions were nothing short of atrocious, especially in the coastal venues in the county. The bizarre fact that neither Charlestown nor Belmullet registered a single score between them while playing against the hurricane in Belmullet was testament to how strong the breeze was.
Days like this don’t come around too often and when they do it is something to be savoured and the thousands of Mayo supporters who made yet another pilgrimage to Croke Park made drank up every moment of this one after the final whistle.
Mayo knew that things had to go in their favour elsewhere if they were to make next Sunday’s league final – but they still had to take care of business themselves to make sure they were still in with a shout of a place in the final.
Mayo made the long trek home from Tralee with two vital league points in the bag thanks to a hard working performance against the up to then unbeaten Kerry men.
Since 2016 Galway have played Mayo on seven occasions, winning all seven - three in the championship, two in the national league, and two in the FBD league. And on Saturday evening, Galway continued the recent domination of their old rivals with a 1-11 to 0-12 win in McHale Park to make it their sixth in a row.