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Mayo Footballer Takes Grittiness To Another Level In Heroic Connacht Final Performance

Mayo Footballer Takes Grittiness To Another Level In Heroic Connacht Final Performance
By PJ Browne Updated

Yesterday, at MacHale Park, Mayo halted Galway's drive for five in the Connacht Ladies Football Championship.

It was a comprehensive 13 point win for Mayo.

Cora Staunton deservedly received much of the plaudits post-match. The Mayo forward scored 2-14 of Mayo's 3-20 total (you can watch some of her exploits here).

While Staunton's heroics were obvious, those of Martha Carter were less so.

It was not until after the game that manager Frank Browne, speaking to Jerome Quinn, revealed that Carter had broken her hand just 10 minutes into the game.

She would play on until the final whistle.

People talk about character - character always wins. Martha Carter broke her hand after ten minutes. Real character - no way was she giving up. She was standing and fighting no matter what. When you have that character you always have a fighting chance.

Cora Staunton also spoke of Carter's resolve.

They think Martha's done some damage to her hand.

There is incredible drive. Some of the older girls are here quite a long time and we try to drive the younger girls on. But some of the younger girls drive us on, especially in training when you'd be lagging behind.

We want to get back to having Mayo ladies on top. They haven't been on top for a while.

This is the start of it. A Connacht title is huge to this team.

You can watch Frank Browne and Cora Staunton speak about Martha Carter below.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HntwRTeuAvk

Video by Jerome Quinn for the LGFA


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