It would never be a Mayo game if we weren’t on the edge of our seats.
It was yet another hard-to-call match in Croke Park as Mayo produced an outstanding comeback to come from behind to prevail to the All Ireland Quater Finals.
It’s safe to say Mayo fans were preparing for the long wait until January and were thinking it was all over by halftime.
Mayo’s Jack Carney opened the scoreline between the pair slotting the ball over the bar within the first five minutes followed by Kildare’s first point by Darragh Malone.
Kildare’s Jimmy Hyland and Kevin Freely started Kildare’s fine form that continued until Cillian O’Connor and Lee Keegan started Mayo’s comeback.
Mayo’s Fergal Boland finally got his long-awaited game time and didn’t disappoint, The Aghamre native was a frequent name throughout the week hoping to see start and like many, I will be hoping we get to see Boland more often on that field.
Even though both teams came into this match with the same goal throughout the first half Kildare were the team who showed power and resilience throughout and like many Mayo fans will agree we didn’t know our team at all in the first half.
Kildare were leading at halftime by three points and had Mayo fans worrying was this the end but Whatever was said at halftime must have been a true eye-opener for Mayo with the surprising but much-needed goals from Oisin Mullin and Jordan Flynn.
The focus now turns to Monday morning as we learn our opponents for the quarter final round.
Mayo fans may have had the long trip back to the west but it was a happy day in a venue we haven’t seen many happy days over the years.
Congrats to James and the lads on a great win and roll on two weeks.