Right, less than a week to go now until our Connacht semi-final meeting against Galway at Pearse Stadium, which throws in next Sunday at 4pm. It’ll be our eighth championship clash with the neighbours in the last decade, a stretch where we’ve had the better of things.
Since 2006, we’ve recorded five Connacht victories over the Tribesmen (in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014) while they’ve got the better of us just twice, in 2007 and 2008. We didn’t meet in 2010 or 2012, both times due to defeats to Sligo, us in 2010 and them in 2012 ( incidentally, both those wins by the Years County were when current Galway boss Kevin Walsh was in charge there).
That Connacht final win over us by Galway at MacHale Park in 2008 was the most recent time we’ve been beaten by them in the championship. From a quick perusal of the results archive, this current unbeaten run is one of our best ever winning streaks against the Tribesmen. While we were unbeaten by them between 1946 and 1953, we only met them twice in the championship in this period (in ’48 and ’51) and you have to go back all the way to 1920-1925 for the last time that we enjoyed a six-year unbeaten run against them.
If we win on Sunday, it’ll be the first time since 1905-1911 that we’ll have remained unbeaten by them for a seven-year stretch. A win then and it’ll also be the first occasion since that distant era that we’ll have beaten them five times in succession (i.e. without any of these ties ending in draws) in the championship. Let’s not be tempting fate, though.
The bookies are getting warmer on us by the day – we’re now priced at 1/2 to prevail on Sunday. No wonder, then, that a few lads commenting on here are confident about our chances in this one, though – despite our great recent record against them – our history against Galway also teaches us that we’d be well advised to be wary heading into battle against them.
So, what do you reckon – will we do the business against them on Sunday or, as the song goes, will Galway bate Mayo?
Will Galway bate Mayo on Sunday?
- No (62%, 377 Votes)
- Yes (38%, 232 Votes)
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