The Mayo Ladies defeated Cavan in their opening Group 4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship encounter on Saturday afternoon in Clones.

This was a highly entertaining game, which ended with Mayo winning out on a 3-23 to 4-13 scoreline.

The win was all the more impressive in a week where a large number of players left the squad.

Mayo manager Peter Leahy addressed that after the game in a prepared statement. He said while it is correct to say the players it is reported have left, have indeed left the panel, it is not correct to say it is all down to the one issue highlighted by some of the players. He said a number of players informed management that they were leaving for purely personal reasons.  

He said that at no stage was any player ever asked to leave the panel.

He outlined a timeline for the events that had occurred in the lead up to the game. 

He said about one hour before a training session in Bekan, on Thursday July 5th, a club secretary called him to say that all eight members of that club were withdrawing from the panel due to player welfare issues. 

Peter Leahy says he informed the County Board and the other players and they held a full training sessions that night. 

He said that over the next five days, four more players withdrew from the panel and three of those four informed the liaison officer that they were withdrawing for purely personal reasons and not the reasons quoted by the previous eight, while the fourth player has not communicated a reason for leaving. 

The Mayo County Board continues to give the players involved any help needed.

Mr Leahy also paid tribute to the players, his management team and the County Board for their co-operation and the way they have conducted themselves over the past number of days.



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