As we put some daylight between ourselves and yesterday evening’s car crash exit from the championship, we’re left with the reality of having no inter-county football to look forward to, at senior level at least, for several months now. The FBD World Series final against New York in October is as good as it gets for us at this stage, followed by the 2011 FBD at the start of next year and then the NFL in early February.
The minors, whose excellent first round win over Roscommon yesterday has largely been overlooked due to our Pearse Park meltdown, once again carry our hopes on their young shoulders and there’s a reasonable chance that we might get to see them line out at Croke Park later on in the summer. Next up for Tony Duffy’s lads are Leitrim, in the Connacht semi-final at Markievicz Park on Saturday evening (this match has been switched from McHale Park to become the curtain raiser for the Sligo-Galway replay) and, if they win that one, they’ll face Galway in the final. The Leitrim match is actually the more important of the two, as qualification for the provincial final carries with it a place in the All-Ireland quarter-final whereas if we lose to the Ridge County the next day, that’s it.
With the seniors’ year over, it’s obviously set to get a hell of a lot quieter round here and, in that sense, my timing for heading off tomorrow morning on a work trip for most of the week is (however unintentionally it may have been) pretty spot on. While I’m away, I’ll probably have some time to set down some more considered thoughts on where we now find ourselves and how we might start to climb out of this massive hole we’re now in. Whether or not I’ll have the inclination to do so is another matter, though – after all, there’ll be plenty of time all summer long for that kind of thinking. Time isn’t something that’s in short supply for us right now. Take care, y’all.