It’s taken a while for it to be confirmed but Mayo GAA announced a short while ago that this year’s All-Ireland Minor football Championship final will take place at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon, on Friday week, 8th July. The novel all-Connacht national decider between ourselves and Galway will throw in that evening at 7.15pm.
It definitely makes sense for the Markham Cup decider to be played within the province. Dr Hyde Park, which can comfortably take the expected attendance, which is easy to get to and get out of and where the playing surface is excellent, was the obvious neutral venue to choose for the match.
The Friday evening throw-in also aligns nicely with this year’s Connacht Championship, in which all the fixtures took place on the same day of the week at around this time of the day. All we need now, from our perspective, is the same kind of result to the ones we enjoyed in all of those ties.
The final will be broadcast live by TG4, though I’d imagine there will be a big Mayo crowd at it, seeing as, aside from the women footballers, it’ll be our final inter-county outings of 2022. Ticketing information on the game will, no doubt, follow in due course.