'We're in a really good position'

June 05, 2023

Mayo's Aidan O'Shea trades handshakes after the win over Louth ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Kevin McStay says Mayo are exactly where they want to be at this stage of the All-Ireland SFC, despite making hard work of seeing off Louth yesterday.

Conall McKeever's late goal left the Westerners hanging on for a one-point win in Castlebar as they failed to reach the same heights of their opening round victory over All-Ireland champions Kerry. But with two wins on the board, Mayo are in pole position to qualify directly for the quarter-finals ahead of their final group game against Cork.

"The two points was key, that's what was on offer - not a whole lot else - and we got them," the Mayo manager told RTÉ.

"I thought we got ourselves into a great position with 10 minutes to go, but didn't manage it quite the way we wanted to. It was a massive effort by Louth to take the game from us, but we're very pleased with the points.

"We did feel that we were in control of the game, but a late goal in injury-time takes a lot of that control away from you. I'm very happy our boys stayed at it but what hurt our rhythm was that we fumbled a few balls [and] missed a few chances that we might have tidied up better.

"We've work to do now, but we're still in the position we wanted to be coming out of the Bank Holiday."

He added: "It's another two points until we get out of the round robin, but today we broke the back of it to a large extent; we're in a really good position."

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