"The gods were looking down on me then" - Moran

May 14, 2021

Mayo's Andy Moran.
©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Former Mayo star Andy Moran has recalled how team mate Jason Doherty became the most important player in the latter stages of his inter-county career.

Footballer of the Year in 2017, Moran made 85 championship appearances for Mayo before his retirement in 2019.

Speaking on Off The Ball, the eight-time Connacht SFC winner said that “the gods were looking down” on him as Doherty's defensive cover allowed him to play on into his mid-30s. 

"I was out of the team, a five-minute man," Moran said of his latter years in a Mayo jersey.

"The gods were looking down on me then and I just got in for the Kildare game [in 2016] and the most important player in my career then became Jason Doherty."

He added: “Doherty literally did the running for me, [because] if Dublin's Davy Byrne starts running with the ball, there's absolutely no chance of me catching him.

"I don't think if I was driving a Ford Fiesta I could've caught him!" 

Most Read Stories