The GAA announced a short while ago that the Kerry/Tyrone semi-final will be pushed back by a further week and that, as a consequence, the final will also be moved back. The second semi-final will now be played on Saturday, 28th August, while the final is set for Saturday, 11th September. Times and dates for these revised fixtures have not yet been announced.
This means we’re now set to have a four-week break between yesterday’s semi-final and the Sam Maguire decider. There are, obviously, pluses and minuses to the fixture change from our perspective but I’d reckon the positives outweigh the negatives for us.
We must have plenty of tired bodies in the ranks in the wake of yesterday’s shuddering contest and we’re also likely to have a few players carrying knocks, so the extra recovery time will be welcome from that point of view. While there’s still no word on the injury that kept Oisín Mullin out of the semi-final, you’d have to hope that the Kilmaine player will be okay for the final.
One player, sadly, who definitely won’t be is Eoghan McLaughlin. It was revealed today that John Small’s horrendous late challenge on the Westport player in the second half of last night’s game resulted in a double jaw fracture and Eoghan underwent surgery on it today. Here’s hoping all that went well and that he’s on the road to recovery and is back to full health as soon as possible.