It looks as if all those het-up Sheepstealers, who were arguing furiously last week for the upholding of that 1997 agreement about Connacht finals involving Sligo and Leitrim having to be played at a neutral venue, finally have some proverbial skin in the game for July 15th. This is because their minors overcame Galway in this evening’s Connacht semi-final and so will face our lads in the curtain-raiser at Hyde Park in a fortnight’s time.
The defending champions had to endure a real battle in Tuam this evening against Galway where, with normal time running out, the young Ovine Rustlers still trailed the Tribeslads by two points. However, two late scores – the second from a free deep in stoppage time – forced the tie into extra-time where the Rossies prevailed on a 1-11 to 1-9 scoreline.
So, after all their pussing about neutral venues for Connacht finals, the fact that the senior final will be held in Hyde Park means that the Rossies will now enjoy home advantage in the minor decider for the second successive year. If a man wasn’t about to bugger off on his summer hols, this is something that he could start getting all crabby about. But he is, so he won’t.
The other thing, of course, is that with the Rossies playing in the game’s opening day, the hoors are sure to have cornered all the good seats before our lot start to show up at Hyde Park. And the home support will no doubt be happy to lend vocal support to the Magpies in the senior final as well. Oh well, we’ll just have to make sure we win both of the day’s provincial finals, won’t we?