Tuesday 24 January 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Well-organised Mayo to make it difficult for O'Connor's battle-hardened troops

Kerry should live to fight another day but Mayo can continue on their upward curve, says Colm O'Rourke

Published 21/08/2011 | 05:00

In The Passing of Arthur by Tennyson where the king is dying, he writes, "the old order changeth, yielding place to new and God fulfils himself in many ways, lest one good custom would corrupt the world".

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Mayo supporters would love to think those lines could refer to them and that the old order of Kerry domination as a custom was coming to an end. Incidentally, in the poem King Arthur was mortally wounded and was being taken away by boat "to the island valley of Avilion, where falls not hail or rain, or any snow, nor ever wind blows loudly". Sounds like a great place to live never mind play a football match, even if they would have to water the pitch.

Anyway, this Kerry dynasty will fade at some stage soon for a period of time like it did in the late 1980s and early '90s. That is a certainty because some of these players who presently wear Kerry jerseys are just as good if not better than any who ever wore the green and gold. Nobody is irreplaceable but when the two ó Sé's go, a search party could travel to the four corners and seven seas and not find men like them. Maybe Tom O'Sullivan and Aidan O'Mahony are not in the same class but there will be a bit of sifting to find replacements of a similar calibre.

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