Thursday 21 February 2019

Boyle believes break has done Mayo 'world of good'

Mayos' Colm Boyle. Photo: Sportsfile
Mayos' Colm Boyle. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Colm Boyle feels an extended rest from inter-county football for the vast majority of the Mayo squad will have done them "the world of good".

Boyle, captain for the day on his seasonal comeback as Mayo let a lead slip against Galway in Tuam Stadium before losing Sunday's Connacht League semi-final on penalties, said it was an "easy decision" to come back for 2019, stressing how playing before an estimated 6,500 had whetted his appetite.

"I was delighted to be asked in for a trial game, now I'm looking forward to getting going. That (Galway game) gave us a bit of a taste for it. It's a while since we played in front of a crowd like that, a bit of an atmosphere."

Boyle said the break, their longest since 2010 after a championship exit in early July, gave him time to tend to other non-football related aspects of life.

"Other things in life got taken care of in six or seven months. It was great from that side of it. The rest did the lot of us the world of good but it's good to be back. Only time will tell down the line whether the rest was a good thing or not."

Boyle echoed his manager James Horan's unease with the experimental rules, suggesting the handpass restriction is suited to teams setting up defensively.

"I wouldn't be a fan and I haven't talked to a player yet that is. It suits a team that wants to set up defensively and wants to get numbers behind the ball. It plays into their hands," he said.

Mayo have now failed to beat Galway in their last six attempts across all senior competitions but Boyle feels they have got enough out of the competition.

"We would have liked to have won the game, to get to a Connacht final but it didn't happen, fair play to Galway they stuck at it. We're happy with a lot of aspects of the performance."

Irish Independent

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