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The real stuff starts now. Losing to Galway wasn't ideal - but it has taken Mayo as many games through the back door to get to the same stage as the newly minted Connacht champions.
The 3-19 to 0-13 scoreline from this year's National Football League final between Mayo and Kerry is a painful reminder of what Mayo face into on Sunday and what Kerry are capable of doing to a team if things are not near perfect when set up against them.
It was far from a vintage performance against Monaghan but the ultimate objective was achieved. Mayo won and were in the bowl for the round two qualifier draw which took place last Monday morning, which of course paired us against Kildare for this Saturday evening in Croke Park.
They could have forced it to extra time at the death, when Aiden Orme took aim from the stand side of the field and kicked for a point but his effort tailed just wide of the target and from Connor Gleeson’s kick-out David Coldrick blew the final whistle.
There's nothing quite like a Mayo versus Galway championship encounter to whet the appetite for championship football. Rivalries have come and gone in other provinces, the likes of Meath and Dublin in Leinster and Cork and Kerry in Munster are no longer as appealing as they once were because of the dominance and stranglehold that Dublin and Kerry possess within their provinces.
The real stuff starts now. The league is a thing of the past, put away neatly in a box until early next year. it's championship time and while the Easter Eggs may still be lingering around the house ready to be finished off, Sunday is the start of a new main course and there are few tastier ones than Mayo and Galway in the championship.
Mayo are through to play Kerry in this Sunday's division one league final after an entertaining and encouraging victory against Kildare in sun-drenched Carrick on Shannon last Sunday.
Over the years most of Mayo's league campaigns in division one have required last round victories and even last ditch equalisers to keep the green and red in the top tier of football.
Drama was the order of the day as Mayo came from behind to reel off five unanswered points to in the closing minutes to pick up a league win over Armagh in Hyde Park.
Mayo find themselves joint top of division one of the national league alongside Kerry and Armagh on five points after a fully deserved and encouraging win against an out-of-sorts Dublin in round three.