Using Barry Moran  as a defensive sweeper against Donegal to negate the influence of Michael Murphy was a bold statement by Mayo’s joint managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There is an appropriate symmetry in Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly being the joint-architects of the innovative tactical plan which has been the most ey(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea will pose a huge threat to Dublin’s ambitions at  Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the morning after Mayo fed Donegal through the wood-chipper in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final, Aidan O’Shea was king of the world. Well, he was(...)

Aidan O’Shea in action for Mayo during their All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal at Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Aidan O’Shea may be a natural midfielder-turned-full-forward – but he has shown this summer that he has a lot more to offer at 14 than a plain aeri(...)

Dublin manager Jim gavin has described Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea as the “form player in Ireland at the moment”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Jim Gavin describes Aidan O’Shea as “the form player in Ireland at the moment”, he’s not just deftly talking up the opposition. If Dublin are (...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee is unable to prevent Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea breaking free to score the opening goal in last Saturday’s  All-Ireland Gaelic Football quarter-final  in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There was a poignant moment at the end of the Mayo-Donegal game on Saturday. I was looking down at the teams coming off the field and Mayo were being (...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee can’t stop Aidan O’Shea of Mayo claim the ball on his way to scoring the opening goal Photo:INPHO/James Crombie

Mayo 2-13 Donegal 0-11  The remorseless application of all they have picked up in four previous years on the road, losing by fine margins,(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal during the Connacht SFC Final at Dr Hyde Park in  Roscommon. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

When Cillian O’Connor wonders out loud where Aidan O’Shea is best positioned on the football field these days then he’s not alone. Especially when O(...)

Aidan O’Shea scored a hattrick as Mayo thrashed Sligo to in their fifth Connacht title in a row. Photograph: Inpho

Sligo 2-11 Mayo 6-25 There comes a point on a day like this when numbers start to lose their meaning. Still, for what it’s worth and to satisfy the re(...)

Gary Sice scores Galway’s opening goal despite the efforts of Mayo’s Chris Barrett last weekend. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo would have won numerous All-Irelands over the past decade if they had any forwards, right? Well perhaps the old adage is misplaced and the(...)

Mayo’s defensive shortcomings were exposed by the manner of Gary Sice’s goal for Galway on Sunday at Pearse Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

One of the tantalising questions of every recent All-Ireland championship has also been one of the hardest to answer: can Mayo win the All-Ireland? O(...)