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Mayo In 'Terminal Decline' After 'Shocking, Toxic, Horrendous' Galway Loss

Mayo In 'Terminal Decline' After 'Shocking, Toxic, Horrendous' Galway Loss
By Arthur James O'Dea

A highly-anticipated clash between two potential All-Ireland contenders, Mayo vs Galway spectacularly failed to live up to its pre-match billing.

Nevertheless an incredibly tense and tight affair, regarding the quality of football on show, people were not happy.

With Kevin Walsh's Galway taking most of the slack for not capitalising on the one-man advantage they held for the whole of the second-half, it wasn't until the 74th minute of play that Galway took a meaningful lead; Johnny Heaney finishing off a well-worked move with a brilliant goal.

Having held little hope for the fixture from the outset, and a good deal less by half-time, the RTÉ studio panel were scathing by the time this one finished up.

For Tomás Ó Sé, "it was a poor advertisement for football, a desperate second-half."

Predictably enough, the ever-outspoken Joe Brolly felt "total disappointment" after what he had seen. Wishing to see players keen to express themselves, Brolly highlighted "the great condition for Gaelic football" that MacHale Park was in, and how this was not used whatsoever.

Perhaps the most damning indictment of what was on show came from Colm O'Rourke however.

Pointing out the fact that Mayo had much of the possession, O'Rourke nevertheless felt their inability to use it suggests they are a side in "terminal decline."

Unsure whether Galway "have much more" than they were able to show in today's performance, the former All-Ireland winner with Meath made a point of once again stating that Mayo, with a number of players now unavailable, are in "terminal decline."

After today's disappointing tie, Galway will now go on to face Sligo in a Connacht semi-final, while Mayo plot their way through the back door once again.

See Also: Irresistible Carlow Dish Out 11-Point Thumping To 'Brutal' Louth

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