We’ve been like the invisible men for the last number of weeks, with everyone else getting to shake their booties in the championship while we’ve had to look on from the sidelines but finally, with just ten days to go until we get underway, some small morsels of information have begun to leak out about our upcoming Connacht semi-final against Leitrim.
First up is the announcement that the ref for the game will be Martin Higgins from Fermanagh. I know, I haven’t heard of him either but he is, apparently, a new name on the list for the championship this year (Indo report here) although he did also feature a few years back. As far as I know, he’s never reffed a match that we’ve been involved in, not in recent years at any rate. I see that Derry’s manager John Brennan had a mickey fit earlier this year over the Fermanagh man’s performance in their league game with Kildare but that’s about all the intelligence I can unearth on him. We’ll take him as we find him, I guess.
Next, the official Mayo GAA site have now posted details on ticket arrangements for the game. It’s €25 for the stand, €20 for the concrete seating and €5 for juveniles. Tickets are available from all the usual sources, full details here.
Sunday week’s card is actually a triple-header, with a Ladies Intermediate Connacht football semi-final between Sligo and Leitrim getting the action going at midday. The minor football semi-final between our lads and Sligo throws in at 1.30pm and then, after Enda Kenny does the official McHale Park re-opening honours, hostilities in the senior match gets underway at 3.30pm.