I’m heading out the door and down the shiny new motorway to the west in a few hours so this’ll have to be a quick one. I’m taking in the Blog Awards bash in Galway city tonight ahead of the match at Castlebar tomorrow, which means that tomorrow’s mileage won’t be as big as it normally is when I do the home matches as a daytrip from up here.
Everyone thinks we’ll win tomorrow (I don’t have time to do the links but that seems to be the consensus) but I think we’ll need to be a whole load more focused on the job than we were the last time we played at McHale Park if we’re to do so. Monaghan are a serious outfit and are a bit unlucky not to have a few more points on the board at this stage. The match-up between our often generous backline and their often lethal forward division could make for interesting viewing (from the blue seats in the stand, y’hear – no wimping out and watching it on TG4!) tomorrow afternoon.
With all the other three matches in Division 1 being played tonight, we’ll know exactly where we stand prior to throw-in at McHale Park tomorrow. Although Dublin and Cork face tricky enough matches this evening, I’d expect both to rack up winning scores and so we’ll need to win too to stay in the hunt for a final place. If both of the other two win tonight then I think we’ll also have to go to Cork and win a fortnight later to be sure of making the final. I’ve heard more than once that direct results count this year before points difference (i.e. the Dubs beat us and so, if we’re level on points, they’d get the place ahead of us regardless of our respective points difference) but I don’t know if this is the case and my online research into the matter has drawn a predictable blank. If anyone has any definitive evidence on this point, you might post it here in the comments.
There is one story worth linking to before I finish up, which is this uplifting piece in today’s Indo about Aidan Kilcoyne, who is now nearing a return to action. He has an appointment to see the specialist the day after the Cork game so he won’t be making any appearances in the NFL but it’ll be great to have him back again for the championship. A frivolous thought just struck me – with all that competition for places in the forward line, maybe Killer (or, indeed, one of the other forwards) could, in the mode of Martin Carney all those years ago, reinvent himself as a particularly sticky corner back?
Right, better get cracking. Back tomorrow evening with a match report on the Monaghan game but I’ll also be doing the usual at-the-match post-match audio babble too, which should be uploaded (on the Twitter panel) a bit after four tomorrow. Now, where’s that feckin’ tux?