It’s the biggest football match in the championship this weekend – the meeting of Cavan and Monaghan is the only other one likely to approach it in terms of intensity or pulling power – but so far at least it’s a very low-key lead-in to Sunday’s Connacht semi-final meeting between ourselves and Galway at Pearse Stadium (throw-in 4pm).
I guess the Diarmuid Connolly incident is crowding out debate about the forthcoming action this weekend. While this is understandable, that issue is – as I said yesterday – of no concern to us. All that matters for us at this point in time is sorting Galway on Sunday.
I’ve just done a quick sweep of the dailies and, aside from this piece by Colm Keys with Cillian O’Connor in the Irish Independent, the cupboard is bare. There’s also a piece with Stephen Coen on the GAA website (here) but that’s about it. Not a sausage either anywhere from the opposition camp.
The Mayo News published a cracking supplement for the game yesterday and a number of the articles that appeared in it are now online. It’s still worth your while getting the paper itself but the pieces in question include Mike Finnerty’s interview with Peter Forde (here), Billy Joe Padden’s tactics column (here) and Ger Flanagan’s profile of Fergal Boland (here).
The same paper yesterday also confirmed the one bit of hard news that’s out there about team selection for Sunday. The paper reported that Conor O’Shea hurt his shoulder in a recent training session and so will most likely miss the game. The team for Salthill is expected to be announced tomorrow afternoon.
As I said, it’s all very quiet so far. Still, once the team details are published that’ll concentrate minds a bit. There’ll also be another Mayo News football podcast bonus episode going live this Friday (I’m due to be over in London on a work thing that day so I need to give Rob the keys to the kingdom to get that one up on the blog) and sure by then it’ll nearly be Sunday.