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3 county senior final talking points

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CRYING OUT FOR SUCCESS Knockmore fan Ella Kilcoyne, aged 1, celebrates with her uncle Shane McHale and the rest of the Knockmore squad after Sunday's Mayo SFC Final. Pic: Sportsfile

Knockmore’s defence

EVERYONE has been singing the praises of Knockmore’s forwardline since Sunday’s win, and rightly so. Four of their star-studded young attack delivered 1-11 of their final tally between them.
But what about their defensive system?
In the entire championship this team only conceded one goal! That’s one time that Colm Reape was beaten in more than eight hours of football.

Breaffy’s final record
IT was painfully obvious after last Sunday’s match ended that this latest county final defeat had taken a very heavy toll on Breaffy’s players and backroom team.
Many of their players remained rooted to the spot, or in Aidan O’Shea’s case on the ground, for a number of minutes following the final whistle.
This was a fourth final loss in eight seasons for many of this team, and after the defeats in 2013, 2015 and 2018 they would have felt they were ready to break the glass ceiling and win their first Moclair Cup.
Instead they must try and regroup all over again.

Ray Dempsey’s future
ONE of the country’s leading GAA writers, Colm Keys, made an interesting point in Monday’s Irish Independent about Knockmore manager Ray Dempsey.
Keys said Dempsey was ‘now someone who will sit at the head of any shortlist when a vacancy for the Mayo senior role arises next’. That’s just how big last Sunday’s county title win has the potential to be for the former Mayo minor and Under-21 manager.
This is only the second season of James Horan’s four-year term in charge of Mayo, but his former county team-mate from Knockmore now looks like a potential successor.

Mike Finnerty

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