Heard about the 29-year-old Mayo footballer who went back to college to study medicine and hurl Fitzgibbon? And is now closing on bringing a first-ever All Ireland hurling club title to Mayo? While winning Sam was once his obsession, hurling has always been Cathal Freeman’s passion
In first-half injury time, with Mayo having pushed their advantage over a spluttering Donegal from two points down to six up, Fionn McDonagh hit Donegal’s Jamie Brennan with a ferocious, fair shoulder to win possession right in front of a heaving Gerry McDonald stand.
Caolan Ward last Sunday week answered the call from Declan Bonner to step into the Donegal team for his first championship appearance at Croke Park when Eoghan Ban Gallagher and Neil McGee’s absences through injury were confirmed prior to the epic 1-20 to 1-20 draw with Kerry.
Mayo will have to manage without their injured captain Diarmuid O’Connor for tomorrow evening’s do-or-die All-Ireland SFC Qualifier against Armagh in Castlebar, but the true cost of his absence may not be felt until later in the All-Ireland series.