Mayo football

  • Barry Moran is to retire from inter-county football. The Castlebar Mitchels clubman is due to take up a position with his job for two years and has decided to retire from the inter-county scene. However he will remain on playing with Castlebar Mitchels for the next while.

    Moran made his inter-county debut for Mayo in 2005 against Roscommon.

  • Stephen Rochford has resigned as manager of the Mayo Senior football team.

    He confirmed in a statement yesterday evening that he was stepping down.

    Following Mayo's early exit from this year's championship, he had indicated that he would be staying on.

    However, three members of his management team - Donie Buckley, Tony McEntee and  Peter Burke - did step down.

    Over the weekend it emerged that Stephen had planned to bring in former Mayo player Peter Ford, who had previously managed Galway and Sligo, and Shane Conway into his new management team.

    It is understood that at a meeting of the Mayo County Board's Executive committee on Sunday, members didn't endorse Rochford's new management team.

    At about 6pm yesterday Stephen issued his statement.

    "After a meeting of the Mayo GAA Board's Executive Committee last night (Sun) , held to discuss the management team I had assembled to manage Mayo senior men's team in 2019, the board issued a statement saying they wished to meet the management team and me about our structure and plans.

    "It was apparent from what transpired at that meeting that the desired level of support for me as manager was not forthcoming from the Executive Committee. This disappoints me greatly.

    "Accordingly, I see no value in meeting with the officers of the board and I am resigning my position as Mayo manager. I thank all those who supported me during the past three years, two of which saw Mayo come so close to winning the All-Ireland title.

    "Like all Mayo people, I enjoyed the good days when the team won and suffered the disappointments when the results didn't go our way. It was a great privilege to manage the Mayo team.

    "The 2018 season was a disappointing one for all involved, and for our supporters. However, I had every confidence that our new backroom team had the capacity to build on the progress of previous years and drive the team on in 2019.

    "In particular, I thank the players, backroom team, spouses and partners, family members, our team sponsors Intersport  Elverys, the county board, the clubs and the Mayo supporters worldwide who turned out in huge numbers to support us during the three years and who lent financial backing to the team.

    "A special word of thanks to my wife, Laura, and our children, and both our families, for their support and forbearance at all times.

    "I wish all who will wear the Mayo jersey in 2019 and beyond every success and I look forward to supporting the footballing fortunes of the county."

     Speaking to Newstalk last night about the manager’s decision to step down, former Mayo midfielder David Brady said Stephen owed nothing to Mayo football.


  • Two Mayo players who picked up injuries in Sunday’s Allianz League clash with Tyrone are still undergoing assessment on those injuries.

    A spokesperson for Mayo GAA told Midwest Sport that Lee Keegan will get specialist opinion and medical imaging on a shoulder injury to assess the extent of the damage picked up.

    Meanwhile Cillian O’Connor will undergo further assessment on his hamstring injury.

    Mayo face a crucial away clash against Donegal on Sunday, where a loss would relegate them to Division Two.

     

  • In Round 4 of the Allianz Football League this weekend, Mayo host All-Ireland champions Dublin at Elvery’s MacHale Park, Castlebar on Saturday evening – that game has a 7pm throw-in time with live commentary here on Midwest Radio.

    Paddy Neilan from Roscommon has been confirmed as the referee for that Division One game.

    Also in Division 1, Galway travel to Tralee on Sunday to take on Kerry at 2.30.

    In Division Two, Roscommon are away to Louth, with a 2pm throw-in time in Drogheda,

    In Div 3, Sligo are away to Westmeath at 2pm Sunday and in Division 4, Carrick-on-Shannon is the venue for the meeting of Leitrim and Limerick – also at 2pm.

    In Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League, Mayo host Wicklow on Sunday in Ballina at 2pm and we’ll have live commentary of that match here on Midwest Radio.

  • Mayo footballer Sinéad Cafferky is the Croke Park Hotel / LGFA Player of the Month award winner for April.

    The 25-year old, from the Kilmovee Shamrocks Club, won the award for a series of  impressive performances during the Lidl National League Division 1 campaign.

    Sinead scored a total of 5-9 over the course of Mayo’s nine matches, putting in a brilliant performance in the semi-final victory over Cork in April.

    She scored the crucial second half goal that helped to earn Mayo a 1-20 to 3-12 victory.

    Sinead Cafferky returned to the Mayo squad this year following a number of years away from the inter-county scene and her consistent form has been publicly hailed by team manager Peter Leahy.

    Mayo are now preparing for the TG4 Connacht senior final against old rivals Galway on Sunday, June 24.

     

     

     

  • Mayo manager Stephen Rochford admitted his team lost discipline during yesterday's Division 1 defeat to Galway.

    The manager said he was very disappointed, “but we lost our discipline and that's something we have to look at."

    Commenting on the incident that resulted in Cillian O'Connor being shown a red card, which means he will be suspended for the upcoming Dublin clash, Rochford said he had no qualms with referee Anthony Nolan's decision.