FBD is over and we witnessed a performance that had us on the end of our seats today in Markievicz Park.
Going into the match it was a hard one to call against two of the top teams in GAA.
With the return of Jason Doherty, Brendan Harrison and fresh new talent introduced it was all to play for in Sligo.
Photo: Mayo GAA
It was a slow start for Horan’s men with Donegal ahead by 4/5 points but a great comeback to get the draw with a strong Donegal side.
Ryan O’Donoghue back in his free taking role with the absence of Cillian O’Connor, started the scores for Mayo but as many people would agree a lot of missed chances were wasted on both sides throughout the game.
The return of Jason Doherty didn’t dissapoint with the Burrishoole native contributing two points in first match back in the green and red jersey after two years.
Before throw in when teams were being announced the cheers for that man proved how happy the people of Mayo were to see him back.
Our Mayo lads are always known for making comebacks and it was a much needed wake up call for the second half.
Aidan O’Shea being brought in was the secret weapon that helped Mayo get the draw.
Like many my head was in my hands praying Rob Hennelly would save that penalty and shouted for joy after his incredible performance today.
Three superb saves that saved Mayo from what could have been a defeat.
Donegal and Mayo will be kicking themselves after their missed opportunities but as we all know that’s GAA for you.
As we prepare for our trip to Clones next Sunday, there is improvements to be but a performance today to be happy with.
The January blues are definitely over and the excitement begins to what will be a brilliant season of GAA.
Mayo Scorers: Rob Hennelly , Paddy Durcan, Eoghan Mc Laughlin, Jason Doherty, Ryan O’Donoghue