An assured Mayo performance brushed aside the challenge of Roscommon in a dominant display at Mc Hale Park in “Game 2” of Mayo’s championship.
Roscommon started brightly with the game being played in the Mayo half for the first five minutes but despite having the majority of the ball they only scored a solitary point in the first ten minutes of play. It took to this point for Mayo to score but once they did the score board kept ticking over with 13 points being scored before the interval, scored by eight different men in green, over the 70 minutes there were twelve different Mayo scorers.
Mayo are the epitome of team. There are no stars and it is one collective unit. Mayo may not have a forward who would make a “Dream Team’ of players but they have a team that can rack up big scores, 21 points today and 4-16 in “Game 1” against Galway illustrates that Mayo know where the posts are. Defensively they also are a team. Mayo tackle from the front and with great discipline in all sectors of the field, Kevin Mc Loughlin is a tackle machine at both ends of the pitch. It is evident that Mayo have worked at this and is also why when they have the ball they get by players easily as everything they do in training is done at high pressure, they type of pressure that Roscommon and Galway cannot replicate.
The team ethos is also evident in that when Mayo lose players to injury, the way they play stays the same and there is no dip in performance. Mayo are still easing Andy Moran back into the set up and are missing Cillian O Connor, Michael Conroy, Barry Moran and Jason Doherty but the loss of these five players just means that five other players come in and do the job. James Horan’s mantra is work rate and every single Mayo players gives that, and it is why Mayo are serious All Ireland contenders.