Watched our game back last night. It is amazing how different a game can look on TV compared to being there live. I suppose you are caught up in the moment. During the game I was nervous as I thought Kerry would crawl their way back with a goal but watching on TV (and a few neutrals told me watching live), Mayo never really looked like loosing.
In truth it was not the best Kerry team but credit to us. Seamus O Se, Keith Higgins and the as always outstanding Colm Boyle were all to the fore. Jason Doherty is always our most improved player this year while Andy is like a fine wine maturing with age. Great to see Conor Loftus play a full half, kick two scores and a sublime pass to Andy to setup the the second goal. It won’t do the young lads confidence any harm.
It is clear to see we are kick passing the ball more into space in front of the inside man. The movement and timing has improved as the year has gone on. During the league and early rounds we played like this in 10 min spells here and there…it is only since the replay win over Roscommon we are seeing a more sustained high press effort.
Only negatives for me is the form of the O’Connor brothers. I know Diarmuid got the first goal and Cillian is top scorer this year but to the high standard we hold them…it’s just no happening this year. Also we can be opened up when run at down the middle like Kerry showed on a number of occasions (Thanks Clarkie for the saves).
So a great Sat night and Sunday was had…even if yer performance against Tyrone did result in a few groans at the bar as the reality of the task facing us dawned on everyone but I think we have a great chance.