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Some of the big calls that went against us

Last May between four and five thousand Mayo supporters descended on the Big Apple for the first round of the Connacht Championship, excited, anxious, expectant, is this going to be the year? Mayo supporters are a rare breed; they keep on supporting despite so many setbacks. I bet the New York GAA board and the pubs in Mid Manhattan wish Mayo had to travel every year. The performance levels grew as the tests became stiffer and Mayo found themselves in an All- Ireland semi final replay in Limerick above all places. I find this defeat particularly hard to take because we simply did not deserve to lose to Kerry. What is even more challenging to accept is that a team we were five points up against with three minutes left on the clock or a team we gave a hiding to by 16 points last year are going to be All- Ireland champions, will anything break for us to claim back the Holy Grail?

Five talking points from an epic Gaelic football weekend

Physicality and power of inter-county GAA teams at a new high

Five things we learnt last weekend

Physicality and power of inter-county GAA teams at a new high

Mayo dig deep to stay standing up

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Leinster Senior Football decider edges nearer

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As the defining Leinster Senior Football May 17 clash with Louth edges closer, Westmeath will be anxious to continue their preparations by producing improved performances in the remaining two rounds of the Allianz Football League.

Mayo work hard to secure their first points on the board

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Mayo: 2-15

So it’s the Dubs for us

And then there were two. Dublin qualified for a place against Mayo in the All-Ireland final after an epic battle with Kerry in arguably one of the best games of all times. As a neutral watching my heart missed the odd beat such was the excitement and tension, I can only imagine what it must have been like for supporters of both teams. You have to give Dublin credit for the way they came back after conceding some real sucker punch goals, and as I have always stated you need the odd decision or bounce of a ball to go your way to be successful. In my opinion this game hinged on three defining moments. First of all the placing of Cian O’Sullivan on Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper after half time. Cooper had run Ger Brennan ragged in the first half with a superb display, he was like a quarter-back orchestrating his team, he was simply untouchable, with O’Sullivan’s superior pace he was not nearly as effective in the second half. Secondly and most importantly the failure of referee Cormac Reilly to issue Johnny Cooper a second yellow card after a deliberate trip on namesake Colm, he would have definitely received a yellow had he not had one to his name already. Surely Dublin would not have survived with 14 men in a game of that intensity. Last, by no means least, after Declan O’Sullivan missed a glorious chance to put Kerry ahead in the 68th minute, David Moran and Marc Ó Sé challenged each other from the resulting kick out, Michael Darragh McCauley pounced on the loose ball to free Kevin McMenamin whose tame effort at a point went over Brendan Kiely’s head and into the back of the net. Game over. It truly was an immense game with some brilliant goals scored and some phenomenal build up play. It gives James Horan and co plenty to think about.

Galway 7/1 outsiders to defeat Kerry in Killarney

Tomás Ó Flatharta will be on home ground in some regards next Sunday as the Kerry native manages Galway against the Kingdom in round 4 of the NFL. The game throws in at 2.30pm in Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney.

Eight months for six teeth that cost €5,000

A man who knocked out six of a stranger’s teeth with an unprovoked headbutt in an Athlone nightclub causing €5,500 worth of damage, was sentenced to eight months in prison at the District Court this week (November 1), but was allowed leave the court at the end of proceedings as he made bail and appealed his sentence.

Mortimer takes the Kingdom

Mayo 1-12        Kerry 1-10

 

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