Galway boss Alan Mulholland felt his side were part architects in their defeat to Mayo in the quarter-final of the Connacht SFC.

The Tribsemen went down to a crushing 4-16 to 0-11 defeat against their neighbours , but what disappointed Mulholland the most was the immaturity shown in defence that allowed Mayo to easily find the back of the net.

He told RTÉ Sport: “We were always going to be up against it playing a team of Mayo’s quality, but we assisted them along the way.

“You could say that their forwards put us under pressure that we weren’t used to, but we should have kept out two of their goals. If that had happened, and we had gone in only a few points behind at the break, then who knows what might have happened thereafter.

“We never got the chance to ask them serious questions and that was disappointing.”

As to the overall game, Mulholland stressed the difference in class between the two sides.

“We didn’t expect the beating we got. Our preparations going into the game were good. We didn’t play to our potential – and quite simply Mayo operated at a different level to us for the 70 minutes and their win was never in doubt.” 

"Mayo operated at a different level to us" - Alan Mulholland on his team's failings

The Galway boss now sees the upcoming qualifiers as a first step in what will be hopefully be a revival in the county’s fortunes at senior level.

He explained: “Our goal now is win a match in the back door. We haven’t done that in a long time. I’ve spoken to the team about what we’re going to do in training in the next few weeks.

The studio panel debate Galway's abject performance in defeat to Mayo

"Maybe we’ll look on the qualifiers as a developmental exercise that will help to build a strong Galway team in the years ahead. We will be taking the series seriously.”

Galway's next outing will be on 29 June, leaving all concerned with plenty of time to formulate plans to ensure that a win in the back door is achieved for the first time since 2004.