So where are we now?

Two league games played, two wins, four points. Add in the FBD title and things are going great for us, aren’t they?

Well, yes, its four points we didn’t really expect to have. I would have been happy with two and was probably expecting less.

Does this start to the league mean that our reserved expectations coming into this year were too negative?

I’m not so sure. Sure, we’re moving well and that’s to be welcomed. The four points also help to point us away from relegation trouble and give us a platform for going on to win the competition – no one else seems to want it so why not go for it?

But I think most Mayo supporters and, more crucially, all players and management will realise that the Galway result was one that was a bit skewered. Early in the Joe Kernan epoch and with Galway showing the signs of heavy training, time will tell us where both teams stand for championship.  Certainly we can only hazard a guess at the moment.

And Tyrone? Well the loss of three key players for Mickey Harte’s men through retrospective refereeing decisions had them well hamstrung, especially when you add in the injured Stevie O’Neill and the resting Brian Dooher.

It was a great result to come away from Omagh with the win though. But Tyrone looked like a team in second gear for much of the  game.

So nothing to be happy about? Not quite. The character Mayo showed in Omagh was impressive and the pace Mayo have shown in both games is striking. Midfield duo Ronan McGarrity and Tom Parsons look up for it – McGarrity especially – while Seamus O’Shea has really impressed as well. Andy Moran looks the real deal on the  half-forward line and Mark Ronaldson and Enda Varley have helped to make competition for places in the full-forward line as competitive as I can ever remember.

I’d still have questions about our defence when on the back foot and that is a verdict I’ll have to defer for another day.

Where will we be after Dublin? Well a win won’t count for much, it will be seen as just a sign that its the same old story for the Dubs. Another false dawn, yada yada yada.

And defeat? Well it won’t be seen as a great Dublin victory because the media are careful, finally, to talk too much about them. So in terms of where our standing will be afterwards, its a no win.

But John O’Mahony, fresh from his Operation Transformation losses, will be keen to keep the momentum up and a win over Dublin will point us in the way of a good crack at winning the competition. Sure, its only the league, but national titles are not to be sniffed at in Mayo. We should know that more than anyone.

But, and here’s the maddening thing about the league, even if we win it we won’t really know where we stand.


2 Responses to “So where are we now?”

  1. 1 ontheroad March 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I too am puzzled as to exactly where we are. Tyrone made big play of who they missed. The Press failed to mention that Mayo were without their captain Trevor Mort, or the travelling Dillon and younger Mort, along with the absent Harte, the injured Barry Moran and Aiden Kilcoyne. Most of the above named see themselves as first picks anyway.So that puts us on par with them with absentees. We always do well against Tyrone. Dublin will stretch us and so will Cork and Monagahn who see us as a hope for points.

  1. 1 Green and Red » Dublin previews: it’s all pointing to a home win Trackback on March 6, 2010 at 10:39 pm

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