I know that county-related songs have their place in the scheme of things but of more pressing concern is the match we’ve got to look forward to tomorrow. Not any old match either – it’s an All-Ireland semi-final, our first at U21 level for all of seven years, with Dublin the formidable opposition facing us at O’Connor Park in Tullamore.
I’ve no team news, I’m afraid: in the two U21 championship matches we’ve played so far this year there was no team announcement made in advance and it looks like it’s the same story in relation to tomorrow’s tie. Dublin did, however, name their starting fifteen earlier on today – full details are here.
Although Tullamore is an easy place to get to from the capital, morning commitments up here on the juvenile scene mean that it’ll be a bit of a dash for me to make it to O’Connor Park ahead of the 2.45pm throw-in. I got some good local navigational advice earlier on, though, so I’m hopeful that the last minute parking-up-cum-sprint-to-the-ground bit won’t prove too troublesome tomorrow.
I’m as much in the dark as the rest of you about our chances tomorrow but hopefully the pedigree this group showed so emphatically at minor level in 2013 will be in evidence once again as they zero in at another tilt for All-Ireland honours. Best of luck to Mike Solan, Stephen Coen and the rest of the lads and here’s to happy hunting for them in Tullamore.