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New York's Shane Hogan highlights match prep issue

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

07:39 7 May 2019


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New York's Shane Hogan says a lack of match preparation affected them against Mayo.

They opened the Connacht Championship against the Allianz League Division 1 champions. But while a defeat was always to be expected, they lost by a 1-22 to 0-4 margin at Gaelic Park.

Indeed, Mayo started off with 14 points without reply as they got sharpened up for the remainder of their Championship tilt.

New York have also not been helped by a scarcity of opposition for challenge matches to help them prepare. For example last year, a challenge match against Corofin helped them build-up to a match against Leitrim where they came close to an upset.

And the fact that they are also not involved in the National Leagues, unlike London, is another factor.

Lack of matches

Half-forward Horgan is one of the native New Yorkers in the side and chatted to Aisling O'Reilly at full-time.

He acknowledged the difficult build-up and how it impacted them.

"I'd say lacking preparation," he replied on the subject, emphasising that they're "lacking matches".

And as he added, "You don't get the same intensity playing against each other in training matches."

Hogan also paid tribute to the home fans who turned up to watch them.

"They said Mayo would travel well. But I want to say thanks to all the New York supporters," he said.

"I didn't know how many would turn up on a wet day like this. But any time we scored, we heard a big cheer."

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