Watched the whole game back and can’t really understand what people expected from it. It was a huge battle between neighbours very familiar with each other, with alot at stake.
Galways scores from play were magnificent, and they have a free-taker who is looking like becoming a star. They have yet to get the balance right with defense and attack, and that ultimately will decide how far they can go. But they’re a big, fast physical team who are ‘down the road’ in terms of conditioning compared to Kerry for example, and have a coach who is going the right way IF he has the nous to develop their game.
For me Mayo looked very fit and would have wanted to win this game very badly. They had home advantage, but they didn’t cope with Galway. This was shown to some extent by their wides. No excuses, Parsons is a huge loss and they continue to lack a little quality in terms of scoring. If Keegan makes it back fully they should still make the group stage and compete well, if not then they will very likely be out before then.
My one major question again for Galway is why they aren’t pushing up more when they have the wind, and an extra man. It seems that Walsh doesn’t trust them enough yet, and wants them to get their defensive structure completely ingrained.