Just my thought’s on yesterday:
A nervous game for Mayo ended with us securing our division 1 status for a 21st year with a 2 point win over Donegal. Truth be told the game was played at training session intensity with Donegal giving us the run around. At half time I thought we were done for and would be hoping for a Roscommon win (which they did).
The introduction or Aidan O Se, Keith Higgins being deployed into an attacking role and pushing up on the Donegal kick out’s were the three reasons we won in the end. Donegal lost their heads and tried to provoke O’Se who’s first action was to rip the ball from Murphy and then minutes later drill through 4/5 Donegal players. The crowd volume increased and there was only going to be one winner.
So we survive but it is a case of not having unearthed a new forward which is what I looked for. Young Boland has showed well but I think he is another year or two away from making a championship impact. The two O’Connor’s form is worrying. Diarmuid looks out of sorts for months now and Cillian is missing easy free’s.
One thing is for sure and I know ye hate him here but Aidan O Se is vital to Mayo. Without him we lack power and ball winning/turnover ability. He also attracts attention which frees up space elsewhere.
Our neighbours in Galway have their tails up with promotion. As for Dublin, ye never know when ye are beaten. Great great team I have to say. Brogan took his goal very well. Thin ye will beat the purists next weekend.