Noel Connelly

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Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly is unable to prevent Dublin’s Philly McMahon scoring his side’s second goal in Saturday’s All-Ireland football semi-final replay in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the last players to leave the field on Saturday evening was Keith Higgins of Mayo. The Ballyhaunis natural is 30 years old and still has future(...)

A dejected Keith Higgins of Mayo after the game Photograph: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

No whingeing, no moaning. Unfortunately for Mayo footballers, they have become masters of accepting a beating and this was another time when a quiet d(...)

Dublin’s Denis Bastick scores the first goal of Dublin’s demolition of Mayo in Castlebar in March. Photograph: NPHO/Donall Farmer

It took just four minutes for Mayo’s worst fears to come to fruition last Sunday. The ease with which Paul Flynn hot-knifed it through their defence t(...)

Philly McMahon battles with Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea. Dublin had a plan for O’Shea and it worked well but may have have been really troubled had Barry Moran joined him in the full forward line. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was a day of high drama and tension in Croke Park. Dublin and Mayo produced a game of such extreme turning points that questions and debate will sw(...)

Dublin’s Michael Fitzsimons, Jack McCaffrey, Philly McMahon,Tomas Brady, John Small and Paul Flynn foul Colm Boyle of Mayo resulting in a late penalty. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What compels them? What is it about Mayo that requires them to take these grand, dramatic days to the brink of oblivion before they can summon the ins(...)

Aidan O’Shea shakes hands with Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton after the All-Ireland semi-final ends all square at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By the end, Aidan O’Shea had earned the ultimate accolade. Booed and scorned by the Hill, their dudgeon high after the latest collision between himsel(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Philly McMahon come together during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final draw. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea has confirmed that he was headbutted during Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final draw with Dublin - after television cameras caught the(...)

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(...)

Aidan O’Shea’s move from centrefield to full forward has helped facilitate return to last four. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Now that the sociology phase of the championship is over – ‘My poor man, how did your circumstances (your football!) become so poor? Something should (...)

Mayo joint-manager Noel Connelly: “We’ll be focusing on the way Dublin have changed their style of play and gone more defensive in the last year.”  Photo: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Noel Connelly is back in the middle of another decade, guiding Mayo along an All-Ireland pathway. Joint-manager with Pat Holmes – the same combinat(...)

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