It’s the night before our League clash with Cork, a match that for ages now I’d chalked down as a definite but which for much of the last week I’d resigned myself to missing, due to matches the two girls are involved in up here tomorrow. But then the lift situation resolved itself last night and so I’m ready to hit the road early tomorrow morning for the match in Páirc Uí Rinn (throw-in 2pm).
I’ve a number of hopes about tomorrow, starting with remembering that the clocks go forward at two in the morning so that I’m on the road for Cork in good time. I also hope that the powers-that-be have the good sense to ensure that we line out in our nice, almost-new away jersey, which, if we do, will ensure that, for the first time ever, I’ll be able to tell the Mayo and Cork players apart. And, of course, I’m hoping to see a good performance from the lads.
I do think that, in this one, performance is everything. Sure, we could try pouring sand in the engine – as Derry tried and ultimately failed to do in that dire match at Croke Park tonight – in an attempt to eke out a result by negative means. Ultimately, though, our cause will be better served if we can produce an intelligent performance, one that shows we’ve learned from the whipping the Dubs gave us last time out, one that provides evidence to show that we know what direction we’re headed in as the long evenings return and the serious football isn’t that long from returning too.
It’s clear from much of the debate on here over the last while that we do could all do with a lift right now. Those of us on the outside looking in on the action could but I’d say it’s equally true of Pat, Noel and the lads too. Ultimately, we’re all on the same side and once the ball is thrown in at 2pm tomorrow (summer time) we’ll all be aiming for the same outcome.
Safe travelling to all who have yet to make it to Cork and here’s to a good day for us on Leeside tomorrow. Back with the match report and all the rest afterwards. Up Mayo!