Describing himself as “half-Leitrim”, Man of the Match Barry Moran admitted to mixed feelings as he played an influential role in the destruction of the county of both his parents!
Asked who his father was cheering for, Barry grinned “I don’t know who he was cheering, I haven’t seen him yet and I’m not going to ask him just in case.
“I have a lot of relations there. My mother and father are from Mohill so I’ve a lot of Leitrim blood in me. It was a big day for me, I came on as a sub in 2006 when we played them in Carrick-on-Shannon but it is my first start.”
Barry pin-pointed Mayo’s two first half goals as the key factor – “We had a seven or eight week layoff since the National League, it was a long time that we were waiting so we’re just glad to get over the first hurdle of the championship.
“I think the goals were the turning point for us. The first 20-25 minutes Leitrim had us under a lot of pressure all over the field, including the middle there. I think we got the goals at the right time and we pushed on from there thankfully and came out the right side of the result.
“It is just important that we got out of the blocks and got the result. We can look forward to a Connacht Final with Sligo in a few weeks time and take nothing for granted, get the heads down and work hard, make sure that we show up and have our heads right for that game.”