This is a great opportunity for us. It’s a great chance for us to see where we’re at, to see if there is a gap between us and the likes of Cork. It’s a huge chance, a huge game, and we’re all really looking forward to it. It’s not often you get a chance like this to get a real crack at one of the big guns at this stage of the season. We intend to meet them head on, and go toe-to-toe with them. This group of Mayo players want to do well in every single game and that’s the attitude we’ll be bringing into next weekend too.
That’s exactly the kind of fighting talk we need to see from the manager and it makes a welcome change from the sour-pussed pissing and moaning we had to put up with previously. It is a huge game but it does represent a great opportunity for us to show that we can hold our own with the best at the business end of the season. Also writing in same paper, Noel Connelly sees some similarities between Sunday’s match and our 1996 All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry. That was one of the sweetest days of all for this generation of Mayo supporters and wouldn’t it be just great if the class of 2011 could give us another classic to add to the collection?
In that first article linked above, it’s also stated that the team will be announced after training tonight. Ger Cafferkey and Enda Varley are both said to be pushing hard for a place in the starting fifteen but it appears that Ronan McGarrity is still less than 100% fit and so will start on the bench. Once the team is named (which I guess will be some time after nine tonight) I’ll post the details here.