I hope they don’t run out of programmes too early at O’Moore Park this evening (throw-in time 7 pm) as it now looks as if we’ll be turning up in that Midlands meeting place without having a bull’s notion as to what our lineup will be. BJ, Chris Barrett, Seamus O’Shea, Mickey Mullins and Mort are all doubtful and we’ve no idea what the crack is with the Ballina returnees but at this late stage I suppose there’s nothing for it but to wait and see what kind of team trots out on the pitch in a few hours from now.
The good news from our perspective is that everyone – and I mean everyone – thinks we’ll win tonight. By “everyone”, I’m talking about the Indo, the Times, RTE, Hogan Stand and Paddy Power. Even the lads on the Laoistalk message board seem fairly downbeat about their own chances, with 60% of them opting for us in a poll on the likely outcome. There’s confidence for you: imagine what the outcome would have been if they’d got sight of our team.
Back later (or early tomorrow) with the usual mixture of words, pics and video clips from the game.