Weigh Eo GAA FC began their FDB league cup campaign with a pulsating victory over minnows Leitrim at a packed pairc Seánín Mac Diarmadín on Sunday. Having drawn the initial game (Horan’s third consecutive draw as Mayo boss), Meo upped the ante and cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory in the cic pionóis that followed. This sparked joyous scenes of celebration as the travelling fans had their wildest hopes and dreams realised by securing a seamie-filan place away to the Tribesmen in Tuam next weekend in what is being dubbed as Mayo’s biggest game of the year so far.
The first half of this game was lit up by ghouls from two of Mayoareback’s favourite inbreds. Fergal Boland and Brian Reape cemented their status as long term friends of the page by slotting fine, fabulous finishes in a frantic first half which saw oar boyeens trot in at half time with a seven point lead.
As anyone familiar with Coach Horan’s style will know, no matter how big the lead is, this Mayo side are going to lose it and this proved to be exactly the case in the second half. Mayoareback would suggest that the withdrawal of Gerard Cafferkey at the interval was probably the sole reason for this turnaround. We were more shocked to see the manger make this change for the first time in his career.
The game was firmly in the melting pot when Leitrim had a man sent off in the final minutes. That same dismissed player went on to receive the ball from the next play and slot over the equalising score. This was the most revolutionary of all the new rules and one that we could use oarselves going forward, especially if we’re going to get the edge on the Dublin Warriors in Crook Park. Keeping all our 15 players on the field, even after one of them has been sent off (Donal), would surely clinch an all-arnold title.
With the clash finishing all-square, consternation followed as nobody had a clue what would happen next. Panic was quickly alleviated when Connaught council chief, John ‘Plenty Cash’ Prenty ruled that the game was going to be decided with spot kicks. He resisted the urge to schedule a cash cow replay for McHale park to boost the coffers for the season. Instead he opted to end the match on the day by pointing to the spot, completely ignoring the GAA rule book which legislates that 45metre frees be taken. The man simply knows how to entertain a crowd and the success of today’s ruling has inbreds calling for him to be elevated all the way to President of the GAA.
MAB have however, expressed our reservations at the fairness of said penalties. They really are a lottery and today’s result proved as cruel as any to Leitrim. There surely is a much fairer way of ending a game of this magnitude which leaves both sets of players and the paying fans satisfied beyond belief. We suggest that in future events of a tie, each team should select their five best fisters, who would take turns to fist the ball over from fifteen metres. After this, if no winner has emerged, the remaining players could fist in a sudden death fashion in order to determine a winner. It’s just an idea guys, and I mean, yano, in an era where the GAA can change the rules willy-nilly, we would like to see oar suggestions given due respect when they are discussed at the upcoming congress.
Either way, the story of the day is that the men from
Westport Mayo, playing in that familiar ‘Mayo Way’ have secured safe passage through to Tuam for an All-Ireland FDB league championship seamie-filan against near neighbours and fierce rivals Galway. The green above the red will be looking for their first win over the Tribesmen in 42 months. Who knows what shocks that game will have in store for oar boyeens. Until then, Mayo do do do.