TOP GEAR Mayo’s Mark Moran takes on Galway’s Gary O’Donnell during Sunday’s National League match at Tuam Stadium.
1 Records go tumbling in Tuam
THERE was a fierce scramble among journalists, supporters and historians last Sunday to try and figure out what sort of records were being broken as Mayo set about taking Galway apart at Tuam Stadium.
It emerged after the match that this was Mayo’s biggest league win over the Tribesmen since 1952. But nobody seems too sure when (or if) Mayo last racked up 2-17 in one half of a competitive senior inter-county match.
It was a remarkable display of marksmanship from Mayo who converted 19 of their 21 scoring chances in that opening half. As one man remarked afterwards, “I thought it was the final score when I heard it!”
2 Moran makes his Mark
WHEN James Horan was managing the Westport senior footballers back in 2018, Mark Moran was playing with the club’s minor team and was a key figure in their Mayo ‘A’ championship success.
Earlier that year he had lit up the colleges scene with Rice College and played in a Hogan Cup Final at Croke Park as the Westport lads lost out to St Ronan’s, Lurgan.
Fast forward two years and the second year student at NUI, Galway made his senior inter-county debut for Mayo last Sunday and won the man of the match award after scoring 1-2.
Horan was keeping a close eye on Moran during the club championship and last Sunday the young forward took his chance with both hands.
3 More Mayo players to return
IT’S only when you consider the calibre of player that didn’t feature in Mayo’s match-day squad last Sunday that you begin to appreciate just how much competition there will be for places over the coming weeks. All going well, of course.
In no particular order, Rob Hennelly, Colm Boyle, Donie Vaughan, Tom Parsons, Seamie O’Shea, Eoin O’Donoghue, Darren McHale, Fergal Boland, James Carr, Kevin McLoughlin, Jack Coyne and Paul Towey didn’t make the 26-man panel that travelled to Tuam.
Some were injured while others just didn’t make the cut.
Training this week should be fairly lively!