Thankfully it appears the idea of Fitzmaurice as a master tactician has been put to bed. He got it so badly wrong today it was beyond belief. Using a sweeper system having not used one all year. That can’t be learnt in 6 days and it was shown today.
They hadn’t a breeze what to do with the ball once they got it in their own defence. Then they just hoofed it in. By playing a sweeper they obviously didn’t account for the extra body in the Mayo defence. This allowed Mayo to break the ball and their spare man to come out with it.
The amount of off the ball stuff was worse than any of our games vs Mayo in recent years. Jack Barry was a disgrace on kickouts. Maher was on for 5 mins and only wanted a scrap. Wonder will Brian McGuigan defend Donaghy again on the Sunday game like he did a few weeks ago. But it was fascinating as a neutral who hates both teams.
There’s a different feeling about this Mayo team. They have not improved footballing wise, but there’s something about their desire that is on another level at the moment. The fans after the game today celebrated like I’ve never seen before, and celebrating is something they’re good at. They will not be easily bet. If we manage to win tomorrow, it could be our toughest clash with Mayo yet, while I think if Kerry came through last week we’d have beaten them with ease.
Either way, its a novel feeling watching these play each other in the championship. Always entertaining, and regardless of the result you are happy because one of them is going home.