Tomorrow, a hundred and twelve days since they contested last September’s All-Ireland final, the county’s footballers are back in action once more when they line out against Leitrim in the FBD League at Ballinamore (throw-in 2pm). It’s only a pre-season match, of course, with the lads just back from Miami and some of the squad posted missing as they line out with third level institutes for their January football so whatever happens tomorrow it can’t be taken at all seriously. It’s still good to have the football back, nonetheless.
I won’t make it to Ballinamore tomorrow, I’m afraid – we’ve a birthday party here in the house in the afternoon so that rules me out. It was the only FBD match that I thought I might make so it looks as if this will be a campaign I’ll be following from afar.
Pre-season football always affords a chance for fringe players to get some game time and, if they make enough of an impression, to break into the squad for the more serious challenges that lie ahead. 2013 is no different in this respect and Over The Black Spot has a good piece today on the players who may be best placed to make a mark in the FBD this year.
There’s no word of a team for tomorrow as yet and no announcement on that score is expected until shortly before throw-in. I’d say it’s safe to assume, though, that we’ll see a fair few changes from the team that lined out last September in Croke Park.
Best of luck to the lads tomorrow as they set out on another year’s campaign. I’ll be back later on tomorrow evening with some second-hand thoughts on the match.