Sports Digest GAA: Cavan shocks with victory over Armagh


Roscommon are next up for Mayo in the Connacht semifinal after their biggest win over Galway in over 100 years.

Dillon said, “It is not an issue at all. Our lads are well grounded from last September and we want to push on and be as good as we possibly can.

“Any first round game, they are always cagey. There is always that fear about where you are at and will you get the performance, and today we did.

“I have come to Salthill a few times before and barely got a breath and today was a bit different. If every championship game is as comfortable as that we will be happy but there will be tougher tests ahead.

“Roscommon will be very competitive and we have a lot of stuff to work on and we are looking forward to getting some lads back and really pushing forward.”

Mayo boss James Horan defended his forwards after they scored 4-16 to Galway’s 0-11 in Salthill.

Horan said, “I keep saying this, the championship, what we scored in it last year and again what we scored today, we’ve guys out there playing up front who are as good as anyone in the country.”

Fit again Dillon added, “It is a media-driven perception that is out there that we don’t punish teams as well as we should.

“We have some great footballers there, and a lot of our finishing has improved and in the league we racked up some big scores against quality opposition.

“We have a squad that can compete with anyone in the country and we will keep working at it.”
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