Thursday 29 September 2016

James Horan: The fouling in the Galway full-back line was absolutely outrageous

Published 15/06/2015 | 17:06

Mayo's Aidan O'Shea is fouled by Galway corner back Johhny Duane in the Connacht semi-final at Pearse Stadium
Mayo's Aidan O'Shea is fouled by Galway corner back Johhny Duane in the Connacht semi-final at Pearse Stadium

Former Mayo manager James Horan believes that Galway contributed to their own downfall in yesterday's Connacht defeat to Mayo over ill-discipline in their defence.

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Kevin Walsh's side produced an encouraging performance but they never recovered from Mayo's blistering start to the second half of yesterday's Connacht semi-final and lost out by four points.

Half of Mayo's tally came from placed balls as the Tribesmen were punished for repeat fouling, conceding a total of 31 frees and six yellow cards over the course of the semi-final. Paul Conroy and Finian Hanely also received black cards, the latter seeing red after an earlier yellow card.

Horan, who led Mayo to four successive provincial wins during his time in charge, says that the performance of the Galway full-back was instrumental in their downfall.

"Their full-back line, the amount of fouling they did was absolutely outrageous," he told Newstalk's Off The Ball programme.

"You're not going to win any game at any level - and led unfortunately by Finian Hanley. I don't understand where his head was. So that kept Mayo in it when Mayo were playing badly and it was a deserved win for Mayo."

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