MAYO supporters are in dreamland after whipping Galway in the quarterfinal of the Connaught senior football championship on Sunday at Salthill, a seaside slaughter of ruthless intensity.
It was hardly a surprise in the aftermath to hear senior player, Alan Dillon, rejecting criticism of his side’s perceived lack of scoring power, especially as an mpressive 4-16 was registered.
The Ballintubber man, who made his reappearance after an eight-week lay-off through injury, said Mayo have, and always had, quality forwards but there is a media-driven perception that they were not good enough.
“It is a media-driven perception that is out there that we don’t punish teams as well as we should. We have some great footballers there, and a lot of our finishing has improved.
“We have a squad that can compete with anyone in the country and we will keep working at it,” he said.
Mayo’s landslide success made up for some huge disappointments against the tribesmen in the past, most notably a 16-point defeat to them in Tuam in 1983.
The previous biggest winning margin recorded by Mayo over Galway was in 1951 when they went on to win the All- Ireland for the last time, winning on a score of 4-13 to 2-3.
But the statisticians had to dig as far back as 1907 for Mayo’s last win over the tribesman by a 17-point margin.