McStay talks up 'gritty' Mayo as League Sunday returns

Kevin McStay was bullish about his county's start to the Allianz National Football League when he joined Michael Lester and Tomás Ó Sé on the first League Sunday show of the year.

McStay talks up 'gritty' Mayo as League Sunday returns

Kevin McStay and Tomas Ó Sé on League Sunday last night.

Kevin McStay was bullish about his county's start to the Allianz National Football League when he joined Michael Lester and Tomás Ó Sé on the first League Sunday show of the year.

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"It was a really good win from start to finish," he said. "Very reassuring for supporters, for the new managers - and for the players themselves who needed reassurance after the Limerick game.

"It was a very even performance, and very gritty. It was quite physical and they were well up for it. In all aspects of the play Mayo were most deserving winners."

McStay's fellow analyst Ó Sé pointed out that the Kerry team were missing a host of regular starters and had also returned to training later than most other counties, something Mayo joint manager Pat Holmes also acknowledged in his post-match interview.

"We have to put in context," Holmes said after the game. "Kerry were on a team holiday, they're All-Ireland champions and they're only back training three weeks."

He continued: "We knew that they wouldn't have the work done that other teams have done and that we have done. From that point of view we are delighted to get them in the first round."

But even allowing for the under-strength opposition McStay thinks Mayo fans have plenty of reasons to be cheerful and praised the management for their "brave" player choices.

"I thought they were quite brave today. There are four or five lads In thought in my own head should see action and they were all out there today," he explained.

"A very brave selection - and they need to be because Mayo need a few new players - and they'll be pretty happy with how they performed."

The panel also discussed Cork's good start to the season - with

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Ó Sé felt there was a new toughness in his fellow Munster men.

"From last year they had to change something," he said. "They were left wide open at the back too many times. It's obvious to see they are set up a lot better than they were.

"There's a tenacity that wasn't there last year. They got numbers back and they all seem to know what they are doing. They weren't tackling aimlessly, they weren't covering ground - they all had a specific job to do."

This was especially clear in the way Cork closed out the game.

Ó Sé said: "What I liked about Cork today was the final ten minutes. When it looked like Dublin might push ahead, Cork stood up and stood up well."

The programme also had highlights of the other Division One games - with

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