Inter-county activity continues for the county this weekend, with both the Minors and the hurlers in Championship action.
The Minors are going really well in this year’s Connacht Championship, having recorded big wins over Leitrim and Roscommon in their first two round robin matches. Indeed, at this early stage they’re the only undefeated county in this year’s Connacht MFC and they look well set to advance in the competition.
Tomorrow evening at Markievicz Park they face Sligo, who were beaten narrowly by Galway at Tuam Stadium last Friday. That was Sligo’s opening game, having had a bye in Round 1. Tomorrow evening’s match throws in at 7pm at the Sligo venue.
Over in Hyde Park, meanwhile, Roscommon will be looking to get back on track in the Connacht MFC after their heavy defeat to our lads at James Stephens Park last Friday. The young Rossies are up against Leitrim in that one, which also throws in at 7pm.
The county’s hurlers take the field on Saturday. It’s a crunch match for them in the Nicky Rackard Cup, in which they face group leaders Sligo at the Sligo GAA Centre of Excellence in Scardan. That game gets going at 3pm on Saturday.
After their shock defeat to Tyrone in the opening round, there’s no margin for error for the hurlers on Saturday. A win is a must and, providing they manage that, they should advance to the semi-finals. Tyrone will, in all likelihood, beat Louth in the other group match and, if so, placings will be decided by points difference. We’ve a significant advantage there over Tyrone.
Sligo are, though, no push-overs and have made great advances in hurling over the last few years. There’s a good article on the GAA website (here) about the positive impact Galway native Colum O’Meara has had on the Sligo hurlers since joining them on the coaching side at the start of this year.
Best of luck to both Mayo teams in action this weekend. I’m not around myself tomorrow night so won’t have anything to say about the Minor game then but I will do a round-up piece on both matches at some stage on Saturday evening.