Monday 20 August 2018

Mayo are find the same way to lose over and over again - Marc Ó Sé

Diarmuid O'Connor of Mayo makes his way off the field after being sent off during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Mayo and Galway at Elvery's MacHale Park in Mayo. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Diarmuid O'Connor of Mayo makes his way off the field after being sent off during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Mayo and Galway at Elvery's MacHale Park in Mayo. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Sam Roberts

Marc Ó Sé claims Mayo's footballers have repeatedly failed to learn from their mistakes, as last year's All-Ireland finalists slipped to defeat against Galway last weekend.

Mayo conceded a last-minute goal in a 0-12 to 1-12 defeat to Galway in their Connacht championship quarter-final in Castlebar last Sunday.

14-man Mayo had lost Diarmuid O'Connor in the first half after the 23 year-old was sent off for a reckless elbow on Galway's Paul Conroy.

The All-Ireland finalists also substituted the vastly experienced Andy Moran as the game drew to a close.

Former Kerry corner back Ó'Sé criticised the substitution and Mayo's indiscipline, and said both issues have plagued Mayo in the past.

"They find the same way to lose over and over again," Ó Sé wrote in his column in the Irish Mail on Sunday.

"I watched open mouthed as the Mayo management gave Andy Moran the crooked finger in the 71st minute with the game locked in stalemate.

"One week later and I am still trying to make sense of it - I remain unsuccessful.

"But Mayo have form here, not just in taking Colm Boyle and Moran off prematurely in a number of games last year, but in not even starting the latter the previous season."

"Mayo lost two Championship games last year - finishing with 14 men both times - with Keith Higgins and Vaughan picking up red cards.

"There may have been no malice in that raised O'Connor elbow last Sunday, but it was so utterly reckless that you have to ask what, if anything, is going through Mayo's heads.

"They need to show they are learning but instead they have this habit of compounding one mistake by making the same one over again."

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