Mayo’s dramatic late comeback against Dublin last Sunday will count for nothing if they fail to win Saturday’s replay.
That was the view of Mayo midfielder Tom Parsons who was speaking outside the dressing rooms after Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland Football semi-final.
He referenced last year’s semi-final where Mayo drew with Kerry before losing the replay after extra-time in Limerick.
“We were in the exact same position last year and ultimately, we didn’t come out of the semi-final. So it all counts for nothing really unless we go at it next Saturday and we come out with the result,” Parsons told The Mayo News.
Of course the difference last year was that Mayo were the team who were caught in the drawn game whereas this year it was them making the comeback.
What was going through Parsons’ head when Mayo trailed by seven inside the last ten minutes of normal time?
“Look, if you play the clock at any time, or if you play the score at any time, I suppose your mind will drift. All you can do is play the process and play the next play.
“That’s how we play. If we’re 10 points down we play the next ball. Okay, look, you know it’s crunch time, so ... you have to exhaust more energy and ensure that we do score the next point, but that’s what we did,” said the Charlestown clubman.
The 27-year-old said Mayo showed character late on in a match situation they had not found themselves in so far in this year’s championship.
“There’s always question marks wondering how will we perform when we are in the trenches. It is a sign of good character. The games we’ve won this year we’ve been reasonably comfortable leading into the last quarter so this was a completely different territory.
“But that comes back to playing each play and sticking to our process and if that doesn’t change, then the scoreboard should really reflect it.
“We’re back to square one. We’re in a good place. It was great to show fight at the end but there was a lot of errors that we had, particularly misses in the third quarter,” said Parsons.
Meanwhile RTÉ Sport has confirmed its live coverage schedule for Saturday’s semi-final replay.
On RTÉ2, Michael Lyster will be joined by Colm O’Rourke, Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane for The Saturday Game Live from Croke Park. Commentary will come from Darragh Maloney and Dessie Dolan.
Ireland can also catch the game live on RTÉ Player.
RTÉ Radio 1 will have a special Saturday Sport programme from 2pm on Saturday featuring live coverage with commentary from Pauric Lodge alongside Padraig Joyce, Eamon O’Hara and Bernard Flynn.
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