It’s Tuesday and from a quick perusal of the national papers it’s clear that we’re still flying well under the radar ahead of Sunday’s Connacht semi-final clash with Galway at Pearse Stadium (throw-in 4pm). That won’t continue to be the case for much longer, of course, but with football action taking place this weekend in all four provinces, where All-Ireland champions Kerry and Cork both make their first appearances of the summer and a tasty looking encounter between Donegal and Armagh taking place up North, our bit of local rivalry isn’t the only attraction on offer.
All I’ve turned up from the national papers this morning is this piece in the Irish Examiner with Galway’s Gary O’Donnell. As is the norm with pre-match player pieces, this is bland enough stuff, where the Galwayman (a player who has Mayo roots and was an unused sub for the Tribesmen the last time they beat us in the championship, back in 2008) talks about how they’ve “tried” to up their physicality in recent years and will be looking to put a halt to our gallop on Sunday.
In contrast, the Mayo News (paper and digital versions) has a whole supplement on Sunday’s match and, as you’d expect, it contains a tonnage of pre-match coverage on the game. There are previews, interviews with Noel Connelly and Barry Moran, a feature on the 1966 Connacht final and much more besides.
The same paper reports that, Evan Regan aside, there are no other injuries within the squad heading into Sunday’s match. Michael Conroy is, though, only now returning from a fairly lengthy lay-off due to ligaments trouble while Cillian O’Connor appears to have won his race to be fit to take at least some part in proceedings at Salthill. Both Donal Vaughan and Tom Parsons seem to be okay too after their recent niggles. The team is expected to be named on Thursday evening.