Joe Brolly believes that Mayo panicked and failed to recover after Roscommon scored two early goals in their Connacht championship semi-final encounter on Saturday.

Roscommon secured their first championship victory in Castlebar in over 30 years as they enjoyed a one-point victory over James Horan's side at MacHale Park.

But former Derry corner forward Brolly, speaking on The Sunday Game, said that Mayo were masters of their own downfall with a string of unforced errors preventing them from asserting their authority on the game.

"The nation's favourite tragic comedy unfolding again. It is more enthralling watching Mayo losing, than watching any other team winning, including the Dubs," said Brolly.

"The sense of panic that seized Mayo after the two goals...and they were not able to show that composure.

"And it became a kaleidoscope of disaster. The amount of unforced errors and that sense of panic."

Fellow RTE analyst Ciaran Whelan was a bit more sympatetic towards Mayo who believed that they did lots of things right in the game.

"Mayo only lost the game by a point. If you look at the statistics of the game and take out the shooting, you would think that Mayo had won the game," said Whelan.

"They dominated possession and they did a hell of a lot right."

And Whelan praised Roscommon who he believed got their tactics right and were able to execute their game-plan to secure the win.

"Roscommon played a 12-man defensive system with three up top...and they made it difficult for Mayo in the scoring zone.

"They were feeding off scraps and only won 42 per cent of their kick-out but when they did win them, it put them in a great position, because all the space was up the pitch."

"And in defence, they got bodies back, worked like dogs and made it difficult. And you have to give them credit for forcing Mayo into bad shot options."