Thursday 22 August 2019

Mayo must back up Staunton - Kelly

Mayo player Cora Staunton. Photo: INPHO/Bryan Keane
Mayo player Cora Staunton. Photo: INPHO/Bryan Keane Sportsdesk

Cora Staunton's return to the Mayo colours for a 24th successive championship campaign will be a huge boost to the county's chances of winning back the TG4 Connacht senior title from Galway, provided other players don't sit back and let the Carnacon legend take on all the responsibility.

That's the verdict of Niamh Kelly, who's likely to be one of the players charged with the task of feeding Staunton the ammunition she needs to fire Mayo back to the top in the western province.

"When Cora wasn't here for the league, it was a great opportunity for the younger players to step up and become leaders on the team because we always relied on her so much," said Kelly. "It was great for the younger players to be able to step up. Now that she's back it's fantastic news, we all really admire Cora. She is a fantastic player and one of the best in the game. To have her back is a massive asset to the team.

"The league was definitely a good foundation for the championship," Kelly added. "It gave a lot of new girls that confidence going into championship who have never been there before. We were unlucky in the final. It just didn't go our way. But Dublin are a fantastic team, credit where credit is due.

"We are all going to go in all guns blazing for Galway. It would be great to beat them in a Connacht final."

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