Nature abhors a vacuum and, in these ever-shortening days where there’s very little football action to concentrate on, it’s little wonder that so much of the debate on here of late has been on the off-field stuff. I know that all that’s going on off the field is worthy of discussion too but I’d far sooner see greater focus on what happens the other side of the whitewash.
This Sunday, though, we do have some action to look forward to, in the shape of the county SFC final, with the destination of the Moclair Cup to be contested this year by near neighbours Castlebar Mitchels and Breaffy. It’s the second time they’ve met in a decider, with Breaffy’s first ever final appearance two years ago ending in disappointment as Castlebar ran out easy enough winners on a 1-11 to 0-8 scoreline.
That county title win for Mitchels, their first for twenty years and their 28th in all, was followed by a run all the way to Croke Park the following March. Their quest for back-to-back Moclair Cup victories, however, ended twelve months ago with defeat to Ballintubber in last year’s decider.
Although it was Breaffy who torpedoed Ballintubber in this year’s championship at the semi-final stage, it’s their more decorated rivals whom the bookies think will prevail on Sunday. They’re not raging favourites, though – Castlebar are priced at 8/11 to win, match odds here.
Sunday’s final throws in at MacHale Park at 3pm. If you can’t make it there, TG4 will be showing it live and Midwest will also have radio commentary. I’m neither going to be there for it nor watching it on TV, I have to confess, as I have a different local derby to get to that afternoon. This is the St Vincents/Na Fianna Dublin SFC semi-final that’s on at Parnell Park, part of a double-header which also features the Ballyboden St Enda’s v Clontarf semi-final.
Anyway, back to the Moclair Cup decider: who do you think will do it? Time to vote.
Who'll win the county final?
- Breaffy (59%, 181 Votes)
- Castlebar Mitchels (41%, 126 Votes)
Total Voters: 307