Right, this is it – the day that could well prove to be a defining one for us in this year’s championship. With our safety net gone, it’s old-fashioned do-or-die championship football for us from here on. One slip and our year is over so it really is one game at a time for us now.
Fermanagh will pitch up at MacHale Park today hoping to keep their own dreams about the year alive. After their 2016 heroics it certainly wouldn’t have been their ambition to see their championship run ended in a backdoor match at Castlebar in early July. We can expect them to do everything in their power today to make sure that this doesn’t happen.
It was screamingly obvious that we came into the Galway match last month half-cooked. The price for our allowing this to happen is the scenic route we’re now on as we attempt to plot our way back to Croke Park in August. The first lesson we’ve surely learned from this unexpected turn of events was surely the one that Galway taught us three weeks ago, which is that every match has to be approached with nothing less than 100% preparation.
It should, then, be our hope and expectation that the display the lads put on this afternoon is one far removed from what was witnessed at the same venue last month. The Connacht title and the Nestor six-in-a-row may be gone for us but we certainly have the capability to demonstrate today that our championship is far from over. It could, and should, be about to get going properly.
Okay, enough blathering: time to hit the road west and all that awaits there. Back with the usual stuff after the event. See you on the other side. Up Mayo!
PS: Quick note for those of you planning on turning up early at MacHale Park today: Charlestown are playing Mountbellew/Moylough before the main event this afternoon, with that Leo Kenny Cup curtain-raiser throwing in at 1.30pm.