No big shock in Big Apple

Connacht Championship Preliminary Round

Mayo                                   2-19

New York                           0-10

THE THIRD COMING: The Mayo team that lined out for the New York game, the start of John O'Mahony's third season in his second term in charge of Mayo.

THE THIRD COMING: The Mayo team that lined out for the New York game, the start of John O'Mahony's third season in his second term in charge of Mayo.

VENI VIDI VICI. It all went according to plan in New York and the lack of any edge to the game was made aware to me during the first half when I was asked to help with a spot of gardening. I did so without a murmur of discontent and only afterwards did I realise that I wouldn’t leave the radio for the likes of gardening chores for an NFL game. Heck I probably wouldn’t even do it for an FBD game.

The trip to New York is so inconsequential in the wider scheme of things. While it is a worthwhile link for the Gaels in New York to the big business of championship in Ireland, would it not be better for all concerned to have a prize for the All-Ireland winners to have a trip to New York for an exhibition game in December or January.

Certainly to call this game championship is a joke and not fair for either side.

In terms of how tonight’s game played out the final score was along expected lines. New York did spring from the blocks with a 0-5 to 0-1 lead inside ten minutes but once Mayo found their rhythm there was always only going to be one outcome.

2-10 to 0-5 was the half-time score with Pat Harte and Aidan O’Shea hitting the goals and Mayo outscored NY 0-9 to 0-5 in what sounded like a terribly pedestrian second half on Mid West Radio.

TREVOR'S TALK: Mayo captain Trevor Mortimer issues the directions as the Mayo forward six plot the downfall of New York.

TREVOR'S TALK: Mayo captain Trevor Mortimer issues the directions as the Mayo forward six plot the downfall of New York.

Pat Holmes, filling in for Billy Fitz’, gave the Man of the Match award to Pat Harte while Alan Dillon came in for high praise too.

Four Mayo men lined out for New York. Foxford’s Robert Moran was their captain and played at midfield, scoring two points. Dermot Keane from Knockmore was right-half back, John McNicholas from Kiltimagh was wing-forward with Declan Reilly from Ballyvary, a noted soccer player with Castlebar Celtic in the not too distant past, lining out at full-forward.

Mike Finnerty gave us two great pieces of trivia on his commentary. Robert Moran is a first cousin of Mayo centre-half back Trevor Howley who played at centre-half back for Mayo while better still was the link between Dermot Keane and Mayo debutant, corner-back Kevin McLoughlin.

Not only are they next door neighbours in Rathduff, Ballina but Kevin’s father, also Kevin, would not have been able to make the trip were it not for Rory Keane, brother of Dermot, tending to the McLoughlin’s cattle. Class!

A match report appears on www.mayogaa.com and we won’t go into detail here seeing as we weren’t even at the game! Safe to say things went as planned and no injuries, from what we hear. Roll on June 19 and Leitrim or the Rossies in McHale Park.

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