Tuesday 21 November 2017

No time to dwell on All-Ireland loss for Moran

Mayo's Barry Moran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Mayo's Barry Moran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Mayo's Barry Moran says that he hasn't had time to dwell on their All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin because he has been so busy playing club football.

The backlog in the Mayo SFC meant that Stephen Rochford's men were straight back into club action following the All-Ireland final replay.

"We have had four games in four weeks straight after the All-Ireland final defeat and it has been tough enough," said Moran after playing a key role as Castlebar Mitchels won their 30th county title.

"But every other footballer in Mayo would be delighted to be in our shoes at this stage."

The 3-13 to 0-10 win over Knockmore secured a third county medal in four years for Moran, who scored the third goal.

The loss to Dublin in September was Moran's second All-Ireland final disappointment this year after Mitchels were defeated by Ballyboden St Enda's in the club decider back in March.

But Mitchels regrouped and the infusion of underage talent saw them retain their county title for the first time since 1970.

"We had a turnover after the All-Ireland defeat with the club and we lost three or four key lads but it shows the great work that's going on in the club here we have minors and U-21s," he said.

Moran now turns his attention to the Connacht club quarter-final against Sligo champions Tourlestrane next Saturday.

"We know Eamonn O'Hara is over them and they have been going well. It's going to be a tough battle and it's in Sligo as well," he said.

Irish Independent

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