While all the talk right now is on the Round 2 qualifier draw that pitches us into a knockout meeting with Kildare this weekend, the immediate focus within the county shifts this evening to the U17s and their Connacht final meeting with Galway at MacHale Park (throw-in 7.30pm).
Our lads emerged unbeaten from the round-robin phase, a feat that earned them direct qualification to the final and a guaranteed place in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Galway, beaten twice in the group stage, including a right hammering dished out by our bucks, took a more scenic route to this evening’s decider but they arrive at MacHale Park this evening having won their last two matches in the competition.
This evening’s provincial final is being shown live on TG4. It’s an all-ticket affair with tickets needing to be purchased in advance – link for that here.
We’ve named our match day panel for this evening’s match and that’s as follows:
I’m otherwise engaged myself this evening so won’t be able to watch it but it’s a game that’s set to attract plenty of attention from Mayo fans. This is a talented bunch, with a good manager in Seán Deane, and it would be great to see them step up and claim provincial honours tonight.
Both sides will, regardless of the result this evening, live to fight another day in the U17 Championship, with both progressing to the All-Ireland quarter-finals. The winners play defeated Leinster finalists Kildare while the losers play Dublin, who won the Leinster title the other week.
The best of luck to the lads in this evening’s Connacht final.