Today’s an interesting day for us (as well as for Scotland), with the time ticking down to tonight’s 11pm deadline for nominations from clubs for the Mayo manager’s job. I’ve no idea what form the process will take once the deadline passes but I guess it’s at least possible that this time tomorrow we’ll know for definite who’s in the race to succeed James Horan. So although it’s only three days until the All-Ireland final, local considerations continue to hold sway.
For me, it got a bit more local than this last night as the young lad and myself dashed from his training up to Parnell Park to catch what was left of the Vincents/Sylvesters Dublin SFC clash. It was approaching half-time at that stage with Vinnies holding a narrow 1-7 to 1-5 lead but two further goals after the break helped the Dublin and All-Ireland champions to a comfortable 3-12 to 1-9 win. Diarmuid Connolly was in top form last night, proving assists for the second and third goals, but it was his own virtuoso effort early in the first half that everyone was talking about. This had all happened before we’d arrived but thanks to the wonders of modern technology I was able to show it to the small fella this morning over his Weetabix. It was quite something – here it is.
Anyway, back to the All-Ireland on Sunday. Part of me (a large part, I have to admit) remains aghast that one of these two teams will be the All-Ireland champions for 2014 come Sunday evening, though, the McGees notwithstanding, I think I’ll be slightly less aghast if Donegal manage to do it. I fear a Kerry win might tip me over the edge altogether.
Idle thoughts have been going around my mind all week about alternative plans for Sunday, with the notion of a very long cycle ride during the afternoon right up there as an attractive option. Along, I’m ashamed to say, with thoughts about the likelihood of Croke Park getting hit by a meteorite or becoming engulfed in an unseasonably high tide.
But no, the match will go ahead and I will of course be watching it, although the GAA’s utterly bizarre decision to allow both teams to play in their predominantly green and gold colours on Sunday will make for confused viewing through these colour-blind eyes. I think I’ll just breathe a very heavy sigh of relief when the bloody thing is over.
So, who’ll win it? I haven’t clue (says the man who boldly predicted that Donegal wouldn’t get within ten points of Dublin) – the bookies favour Donegal but the Yerras will no doubt relish coming into the decider, a place that’s home to them in a way that it arguably isn’t for any other county, as underdogs and so there’s every chance it could go either way. Which way do you think it’ll go? Time to vote.
Who'll win the final?
- Donegal (52%, 130 Votes)
- Kerry (48%, 120 Votes)
Total Voters: 250