It’s another battle with the kingdom for James Horan’s Mayo as prepares to face Jack O’Connor’s Kerry in Croke Park next Sunday in the All Ireland Quarter Finals.
It’s safe to say Kerry were Mayo’s last desired opponents for next Sunday’s clash but they have their two-week break to prepare for the much-anticipated clash.
Like many by halftime against Kildare, I was preparing for the long wait until club football but in true Mayo style we pulled off an amazing second-half comeback to get the well-deserved win.
A saying I heard during the week ” I paid for a full seat but only half was used”.
It’s been eighty days since our national league final defeat to Kerry and we have had the time to regenerate and get back to being the Mayo we all know and love.
Kerry are going into this game favourites but the Mayo panel received great news with Ryan O’Donoghue hopefully on the way to return this Sunday in Croker.
Kerry has been the team to watch throughout the league and provincial rounds and Mayo have been on a rollercoaster of a journey but in true Mayo fashion, they pull off the big wins in the later rounds of the championship.
If Mayo goes into this game in the first half and plays like they did against Kildare go home at halftime while you still have the chance.
Kerry arent the team to be having a late comeback against, Mayo needs to be starting strong from start to finish in order to have any chance of coming out the right side of this fight.
Since their last encounter, the Mayo injury list has become shorter but the main problem on that field is Mayo’s defense.
All eyes will be on the positions each Mayo player will be on the field but defense will be the main source of worry ahead of this sunday, we saw during our league final clash how easy it was for the likes of David Clifford to make it through to the Mayo goal.
This Sunday will be the battle between two of the best teams in the country and as we all know the best team will come out on top.
Both panels have had their time to prepare and theres no doubt it will go down to the nail this Sunday.
Wishing James and the lads the best of luck this Sunday and as always Maigh Eo Abu !