Sunday 18 March 2018

Eugene McGee: Horan's risk-takers earn reward for giving it a lash

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

The shock victory of Mayo was well deserved, as they took the game by the scruff of the neck after a nervous opening quarter and then proceeded to play as we have not seen Mayo play since they beat Dublin in a dramatic semi-final some years ago.

This was not your typical Mayo team of the recent past. There were no 'shapers' on board this time, no flash Harrys, but rather dogged, determined and, above all, fearless players as epitomised by centre half-back Donal Vaughan from Ballinrobe.

Mayo played with utter abandon, no fancy tactics, no packed defences, just hell-for-leather enthusiasm and plenty of risk-taking, which is what you have to do if you want to dethrone champions. The biggest shock was the domination of the O'Shea brothers at midfield against the previously awesome Cork pairing of Alan O'Connor and Aidan Walsh.

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