I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m still pumped. It’ll take a few days, I reckon, to recover any kind of sane state of mind after that match yesterday.
I’m as mad as hell too. The so-called analysis on The Sunday Game last night was a bloody joke, the unfunny undercurrent to it being the disgraceful attempt by Ciaran Whelan to blacken Lee’s reputation with an obvious eye to how the replay will be reffed. And we have to pay the TV licence fee to fund this crap?
I’m annoyed too about the developing post-match narrative, which says we missed our chance and that Dublin couldn’t possibly play as badly again. Well, if we tear into them again the same way on Saturday week, there’s every chance we’ll have them at sixes and sevens again. While our display was in large part a heroic one yesterday we too have significant improvements to make but that imperative hasn’t been factored into any analysis I’ve seen to date.
But that’s all by the by. What we have to focus on now is the replay and, for those of us on the outside looking in, that means the ticket hunt has to get going again. We had huge support there yesterday and we out-shouted the home town followers pretty much all afternoon. The noise and colour on display from our lot was something else yesterday.
With the replay fixed for the Saturday evening, once more in Dublin (I’m not carping, just making the observation that, once again, they’re at home and our support will have to cross the country, incurring more expense as well as the significant time commitment involved), there’s a real danger the support level could cant heavily in their favour then. We need to do whatever we can to prevent this happening so if you haven’t got moving on tickets yet, do so now.
An added complication for Saturday week is that it’s one of the planned Dublin Bus strike days. The dispute could, I guess, be settled by then but if it’s not then it’s a recipe for chaos, as well as heavy traffic, in and around the capital.
I should, I suppose, be doing a paper round-up for you this morning but I’m not in that zone at all mentally right now. Plus I’ve several other things to sort between now and early afternoon so I think I’ll have to leave that one be.
One of those jobs on the list will be to post the latest Mayo News football podcast, which should be ready to rock at some stage this afternoon. Make sure to tune in for that as it contains a great mixture of top-class analysis and all-over-the-shop in-the-moment stuff. What you’d expect from an All-Ireland final, in other words.
Don’t forget the Man of the Match poll either, which is still open and will remain so until later on tonight after which the result will be announced. Cillian’s leading the way there at the minute, not a surprising development in light of that astonishing, late, late leveller from him.
That’s your lot for now, back later. Remember: tickets, get sorting, now.