The main focus of attention so far this year has been the county’s Senior team but Sunday’s Connacht SFC defeat to Roscommon and the six-week break that now kicks in ahead of the start of the new All-Ireland Group Stage mean that things are a bit becalmed on that front for now.
There’s still plenty of football to occupy us, though, as the action at underage level gets going. The U20s are first up in this respect and they’re in Championship action tomorrow night. The venue for this game is, like Sunday, Hastings Insurance MacHale Park, where they’re set to face defending provincial champions Sligo in the Connacht semi-final.
This match throws in at 7pm. It’s being streamed live by TG4 on YouTube, which means I’ll be able to embed the stream here on the blog, making it easier for all those interested – and who can’t make it to Castlebar – to watch it live.
If you are planning to go to the game, you’ll need to get your ticket in advance. The link for that is here.
This is the old-style Championship format, so it’s straight knockout and it also means (unlike the old days) it’s winner on the night. Because of this, penalties will be used to break the deadlock if needs be, an indignity that’s been visited more than once on U20 contests within the province in recent years.
Galway await the winners of tomorrow evening’s semi-final, with the Connacht final scheduled for Wednesday week. The young Tribesmen came through their semi-final match with Leitrim last week, winning by what was described as a flattering nine-point margin.
Details of this year’s U20 panel were announced last week by Mayo GAA. Anyone in need of a refresher will find those details here.
Mayo U20 manager Maurice Sheridan spoke to local media ahead of the start of this year’s Championship. A link to this audio from Midwest is here.
On the Mayo Football Podcast, we’re aiming to have a Final Whistle episode on tomorrow evening’s match. This pod will be available on Patreon not long after the game finishes at MacHale Park.