Okay, the time for talking about Game 2 is all but over – in 18 hours time we’ll be right in the thick of it at McHale Park as we seek to get the better of the Rossies and qualify for our third provincial decider on the trot. We’re already in the West, a carload of us having traversed the country earlier this evening, and it’ll be great to be able to head off to the match from home soil tomorrow.
After our explosive opening to this year’s championship campaign last month, hopes are obviously high, at least in some quarters, that we might get to see a similar kind of demolition job tomorrow. I’m not sure that such hopes – to the extent that they exist at all – are altogether realistic: Roscommon will surely have learned from Galway’s horrendous performance and will be set up in a way that makes life far more difficult for us than the Tribesmen did in Pearse Stadium.
Will we do it? Well, I guess it’d be a shock of fairly major proportions if we didn’t and, heading into a match where we’re 1/6 to win, it’s reasonable to expect that we will do the business tomorrow. The poll here on the site – which I’m now taking down – confirms that we’re confident, with 54% of you reckoning we’ll win easily while another 37% feel we’ll come through what could be a close contest.
For my own part, I hope that we match the kind of intensity and clinical efficiency in attack that we showed in Salthill and I reckon that if we do, and at the same time demonstrate more tightness at the back, we should have enough to get over the line. Best of luck to the lads and safe travelling to all heading to McHale Park tomorrow.