Our Connacht SFC defeat to Roscommon, combined with the U20s’ Championship exit at the hands of Sligo and the Minors having a bye this Friday, all mean that it’s more than a bit becalmed on the football side of the house right now.
Had we got the better of the Rossies, then we’d be gearing up for another meeting with Galway, this time at Pearse Stadium, this weekend. Instead it’s Roscommon v Galway at Dr Hyde Park, with the winners of that provincial semi-final knowing they’re all but certain to claim Nestor Cup honours this year. If the U20s had beaten Sligo last week, we’d also be prepping for Galway, this time in the Connacht U20 final, a match scheduled for tomorrow evening.
Instead, having lost both, we’re on the outside looking in. Perhaps, in the case of the Seniors, with some relief but certainly with nothing but regret for the U20s.
The LGFA season is also taking a mini-break right now, with the League finals played last weekend and a few weeks to go until Championship action commences. So nothing to point to there in terms of action either.
That means that this weekend the stage is clear for the county’s hurlers. Following their trip to Navan last weekend, where they lost narrowly to Meath in Round 1 of the Christy Ring Cup, the lads are back on home territory this weekend, as they face Tyrone at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park. This Round 2 tie is fixed for next Saturday, with a 3pm throw-in.
Tyrone got off the mark last weekend, by drawing 2-20 apiece with Derry at Healy Park (fun fact: four of the six teams in Christy Ring Cup action last weekend posted a scoreline of 2-20). That match was played as a curtain-raiser at the Omagh venue on Sunday ahead of what proved to be a rip-roaring Ulster SFC quarter-final between Tyrone and Monaghan.
Here’s how the table looks after one round of matches in this year’s Christy Ring Cup:
Tickets for Saturday’s game are available to purchase here.
The Christy Ring Cup match will, by the way, be preceded at MacHale Park by a Round 3 Celtic Challenge hurling match between Mayo and Meath Royals (the latter thus named as they’ve two teams competing in the tournament). That U17 game gets underway at 1pm on Saturday.
The best of luck to both Mayo teams in action this weekend.