Time is moving on and we’re inching ever closer to Saturday’s All-Ireland U21 football final, in which Mike Solan’s young guns take on Cork at Cusack Park, Ennis, where throw-in is scheduled for 6pm. While the match is being shown live on TG4 a huge Mayo following is expected to descend on the Clare county town on Saturday as we go in search of a fifth championship title at this level.
Ticketing information was released yesterday – full details here. Basically it’s €20 in, free for U16s, and tickets can either be bought in advance online or at selected SuperValu and Centra stores or else at the ground on the day.
There’s no word yet, obviously, about the team for Saturday’s final and I’d reckon there’s a good chance we’ll stick with established practice in this campaign and say nothing at all on that issue ahead of the day itself. This week’s local papers have, though, plenty on the match and I’ve spent a while this morning digitally leafing through the 12-page final special in the Mayo News. This is definitely worth getting your hand on if you haven’t done so already.
The one piece of intelligence on the team that I extracted from that bit of perusing was confirmation from Mike Solan that full-back Seamus Cunniffe, who had to come off injured in the semi-final with hamstring trouble, is on the mend and could be okay to start on Saturday. His is the only injury concern we have heading into the decider and Mike Solan said he was hopeful to have “a full deck to pick from” when they sit down to select the starting fifteen for Ennis.