Right, match-day itself has arrived and many of you are probably on the road at this moment, heading to Dublin where later on at Croke Park our minors and seniors face off against Kerry in their respective All-Ireland semi-finals.
It’s yet another big day for the county, the fourth year in a row that James Horan’s senior team have contested a match at this stage of the championship and when the ball is throw in on the big match at 3.30pm this afternoon his charges will be bidding to make it three semi-final wins in successive years. I don’t think many of us who were in Pearse Park, Longford, back in 2010 saw such a run on the way. I certainly didn’t.
We know full well the scale of the challenge facing us today. There’s only one more difficult stage to be playing Kerry in the championship than in an All-Ireland semi-final and that’s in the final itself and we’ve the scars to show from previous encounters there to know what what they’re capable of doing if they get a run at us.
We’ll only win today if we’re primed to perfection for the job that awaits us. It’s a measure of how far along this road we’ve travelled over the past four years, however, that we can, with justification, head to Croke Park today expecting the lads to do the business once more, as 81% of you who voted in the poll have said we’ll do.
Two extremely tough assignments lie ahead of the minor and senior teams today but their respective jobs will, surely, be made easier if we support them to the hilt from the stands. This is a big day, a day of big tests, but one that I feel we’re all ready for. It’s time for action. Up Mayo!