Photo: Ray Flynn (via Flickr)
The road to the west awaits me again in the morning, with 500 km of driving to be done to get to our second home match of this year’s League campaign and then back here again afterwards. A long day it’s set to be but hopefully a more productive one than the last time I did this particular day-trip a few weeks back.
We’re favourites to win tomorrow and the poll here on the site that I’ve just taken down shows a good degree of optimism about how the clash with Monaghan will go – 67% of you think we’ll win, 26% think we’ll lose and the rest think it’ll be a draw.
It’s way too early in the year to be viewing this one as some kind of defining contest or anything like that (remember it was us who beat Kerry in that ‘must win’ match in Castlebar exactly twelve months ago and we all know how 2014 ended up for both counties) but it is important all the same that we see some kind of positive reaction following the deflating loss to Tyrone three weeks ago. Another stuttering performance like that one wouldn’t be welcome.
I can’t see there being too much daylight between the teams either way tomorrow and the cold, wet and showery weather that’s forecast isn’t going to lend itself to expansive football either. Hopefully we’ll show sufficient improvement to enable Noel and Pat to rack up their first League win on home soil.
I’ll do be doing my post-match audio on the game from MacHale Park after the final whistle sounds but as I’m driving back (The Brother usually takes the wheel for the return leg but won’t be doing so tomorrow) it could be late enough tomorrow night by the time the match report hits the site. It’ll get there eventually, though, as I believe the lads will tomorrow too.