I’m down in Mayo for a family funeral tomorrow so this’ll have to be a quick one. Myself and The Brother drove down from Dublin in blustery conditions this afternoon, the countryside awash with the whitethorn blooming magnificently everywhere and the roads littered with far from blooming magnificent Sunday drivers. Michael O’Muircheartaigh was giving it socks on the radio from Brewster Park but the match we were most interested to hear about was the one taking part over in Ruislip, where Sligo began their Connacht title defence against London.
The Magpies won at a canter today, their sixteen-point victory margin equaling that recorded by Galway over the Rossies last weekend. Although beating London is never much of a boast – even if, as Sligo did today, you manage to knock up a score of 2-17 against them – the win today in Ruislip will have done the Connacht champions no harm at all. It’ll certainly help them to forget about their dreadful league campaign and to get their heads into the proper frame of mind before 22nd June.
The closer this game gets, the more I think we could be in for a difficult afternoon at McHale Park the next day. Sure, we should beat them with a bit to spare and if we can get a hold around midfield early on and the forwards start to click, we should have too much in the tank for them. If, however, they’re still in the hunt with ten minutes to go, we could find ourselves under real pressure to dig out a result.