Kevin McStay: Mayo firmly in the All-Ireland mix as they prepare for defining test

Horan’s side saw off Galway but first-half lapses would prove costly against Dublin

Aidan O’Shea lifts the Nestor Cup as Mayo celebrate the Connacht final win over Galway at Croke Park. Positioning the towering O’Shea at full forward is the best option for Mayo going forward. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Aidan O’Shea lifts the Nestor Cup as Mayo celebrate the Connacht final win over Galway at Croke Park. Positioning the towering O’Shea at full forward is the best option for Mayo going forward. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Life has taught me that when it comes to the forensic analysis of Mayo-Galway championship games, the coin flip is best.

I did a lot of previewing and podcasts last week and there was so much conjecture and projection about the game that you forget to simply look at the record. The fixture is impervious to venue and form and injuries and circumstance. All of those dials are set to zero when the ball is thrown in.

The Irish Times
Please subscribe or sign in to continue reading.
The Irish Times

How can I keep reading?

You’ve reached an article that is only available to Irish Times subscribers.

Subscribe today and get the full picture for just €1 for the first month.

Subscribe No obligation, cancel any time.