Monday 19 February 2018

Eugene McGee: Mayo sum up monotony of League's anti-climax

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

THE order of the day was ‘nice’ in Croke Park yesterday for the first big inter-county matches of the year. The weather was very nice, the pitch looked really nice and the two games were also nice. Unfortunately, nice games of Gaelic football alone are not what the diehard GAA fan wants.

They also want passion, intensity of performance, touches of class and, above all, really competitive personal battles. So while we were entertained to a certain degree in the two games, it was not far above the level of challenge games in the main.

I had expected a lot from this Mayo team – what's new you may say – because they had won four very hard away games against Kerry, Tyrone, Derry and Cork and I assumed that their morale would be sky-high as a result.

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