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The press night ahead of our Connacht SFC semi-final against Galway at Salthill on Sunday week (throw-in 4pm) took place last night. What was said then will, as usual, only be reported on in-depth in the days leading up to the game but Mike Finnerty has a piece (here) in today’s Irish Examiner arising from last night’s event.
In it, Stephen does an effective job in downplaying all the nonsense that’s been swirling round in the media about us over the past week or so. He admits that our failure to land Sam has made us “an easy target” for the kind of pantomime stuff we’ve seen of late but he goes on to stress that this background noise isn’t what’s on his mind right now:
I don’t really care. I care about how we’re going to be over the next two and a half weeks, what shape we’re in, what work we’ve done, and that we’re ready for Galway.
Good on you, Rochy – that’s exactly where the focus needs to be between now and 11th June.
In that same piece, Stephen confirms that all the players who were available for the Sligo match will be okay for the next day. This means that Kevin McLoughlin – forced off in the first half against Sligo with a leg injury – and Seamus O’Shea, who was withdrawn in that game after getting a bang to the head late on, should both be fine for Salthill.
Stephen didn’t say anything about Brendan Harrison, who missed the Sligo game with a hamstring problem. Maybe Harry will enlighten the world on that point himself – an interview by Mike Finnerty with the All-Star corner-back forms the centrepiece of a Mayo News football podcast bonus episode, which will be available to listen to here on the site and elsewhere by around lunchtime today. Stay tuned for that.