Keegan: Hyde Park suits Mayo

April 19, 2024

A view of Dr Hyde Park. ©INPHO/Evan Logan.

Lee Keegan expects Mayo to make amends for last year’s Connacht SFC defeat to Roscommon on Sunday.

His optimism is based on Mayo’s impressive record at Hyde Park and a disappointing Allianz League campaign for the Rossies that culminated in relegation from Division 1.

“Mayo were sickened by the Rossies last year but good news (for our lads) this year - the game isn't in MacHale Park!” the former Footballer of the Year wrote in his weekly column for RTÉ.

“I never lost a game in Hyde Park throughout my career - although it might be a touch provocative for cross-border relations to describe it as 'our fortress'. The pitch is great, it suits Mayo better in my view. There's great width to it.

“Roscommon live for taking down Mayo and Galway in Connacht, but they don't look in rude health at the minute. They seem to have regressed in the league and have bogged down in that slow, cumbersome possession game, which I think opposition teams have gotten cannier at counteracting.

“Last year, Davy Burke sounded bullish and enthusiastic in all his interviews; this spring, we're hearing an awful lot of excuses. Especially around injuries, even though every team was impacted by them and some far more so than Roscommon.

“They have the raw quality. I just don't think the form is there and they're not playing with enough confidence and fluidity.”

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